CCH Policy Reports And Publications

Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has had a clear mission: “We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.” We've collected all of our mission-driven policy documents here and provide access to downloadable documents as noted. Search, browse, access and get the facts, stats, and real story behind homelessness.
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The Facts Behind the Faces: A Fact Sheet from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (2011)

November 21, 2011

More than 656,000 people experienced homelessness on a typical night in the United States in 2011. Nearly two-thirds of people suffering from homelessness are individuals and the other third are people in families (parents and their children). There was a 3 percent rise in homelessness na-tionwide between 2008 and 2009, with the number of people suffering from homelessness increasing in 31 states. Meanwhile, "doubled-up" households that move in with friends or relatives in order to reduce their housing cost burden, rose 12 percent over the course of 2009. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 93,779 unduplicated individuals exper-ence homelessness over the course of a year. One of the primary data sources is the number of homeless children identified by the public schools. We believe this to be one of the most reliable data sources on numbers of homeless people. The past two years, the number of homeless children in Chicago Public Schools increased 24% , to 15,580 in 2010-11. The city of Chicago does a point-in-time count every other year to deter-mine the number of homeless people in shelters or on the street one night. The 2011 count was done on January 25, 2011 and found 6,546 individuals who were homeless that night. Includes national, state, and local data; information about youth homelessness, violence and homelessness, and incarceration homelessness; charts, graphs, and statistics.

Children and Youth and Homelessness; Criminal Justice System and Homelessness; Facts and Statistics; Violence and Violent Crime

Expungement: A Beginning to Reduce Recidivism

April 1, 2004

This policy paper will review the numerous barriers to successful reintegration into the community that are faced by large numbers of citizens with criminal records in the nation and in Illinois. The paper will explain how the expungement and the sealing of such records could open doors to successful reintegration. Expungement legislation passed and pending in Illinois will be examined, and recommendations for future direction will be detailed.

Criminal Justice System and Homelessness

Creating a Positive Police and Community Response to Homelessness

January 1, 2003

CCH policy brief that examines how police and our communities respond to homelessness, particularly homeless people on the street.

Communities and Homelessness; Criminal Justice System and Homelessness

Unlocking Options for Women: A Survey of Women in Cook County Jail

April 1, 2002

On October 31, 2001, 60 members of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless conducted in-depth, one-on-one surveys with 235 of the 1,117 women detained that day in Cook County Jail.These surveys were designed and conducted to gain an understanding of women's lives that may dictate and support policy initiatives and further direct service providers in assisting those in need. This study was conducted to document the lives of women detained in Cook County Jail and promote understanding of their many experiences. It reveals a great deal about the lives, current circumstances, and future hopes of 235 women detained that day.

Criminal Justice System and Homelessness; Women and Homelessness

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