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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Due to State Budget Impasse More than $107 Million in Dedicated Funds for Affordable Housing Are Going Unused

December 21, 2015

As the state budget impasse nears its six-month mark, the State of Illinois has accumulated $107.8 million in 7 dedicated funds to create affordable housing and end homelessness according to a report released today. However, these funds -- such as the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund and federal HOME Investment Partners Program funds -- cannot be spent without approval by the General Assembly and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. These 7 dedicated funds -- 6 state funds and one federal fund -- have their own revenue sources and are separate and apart from General Revenue Funds (GRF) collected from income taxes and other revenue sources. Spending these dedicated funds would not increase the state budget deficit. Based on the budget passed by the General Assembly in May 2015, the report estimates that resources from these dedicated funds and a small amount of GRF could:Fund programs serving the affordable housing needs of 172,350 people.Provide funding for 14,640 units of affordable housing.The programs not being funded include homeless prevention grants, emergency shelters and foreclosure prevention counseling. The housing units are primarily permanent supportive housing for people who were formerly homeless.

Housing and Homelessness

The State Budget Impasse Is Causing Homelessness in Illinois: A Responsible Budget with Adequate Revenue is Urgently Needed

September 10, 2015

Starting August 14, 2015 and through September 2, 2015, homeless service providers throughout Illinois were surveyed to find out what steps they have already taken in response to the state budget impasse and what steps they will have to take if the budget impasse continues and/or their funding in next year's budget is significantly reduced. One hundred and one homeless service providers responded -- agencies large and small, from urban, suburban and rural communities.

Facts and Statistics; Housing and Homelessness

The Facts Behind the Faces: A Fact Sheet from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (2015)

March 1, 2015

Provides national, state, and local statistics and data about affordable housing, family status of homeless households, living wage jobs, tax inequality, un- and under-employment, the poverty rate, and other exacerbating factors that feed into and exacerbate homelessness.

Facts and Statistics; Families and Homelessness; Healthcare and Homelessness; Housing and Homelessness; Jobs and Homelessness

Sweet Home Chicago: The Story of an Affordable Housing Campaign

May 1, 2012

The Sweet Home Chicago (SHC) Coalition was comprised of nine community organizations and two labor unions that conducted a two and a half year campaign that resulted in passage of the Vacant Building TIF Purchase Rehab Program on May 4, 2011. This ordinance is one of the very few pieces of legislation to benefit low-income people that passed during Mayor Richard Daley's 22 years in office.

Housing and Homelessness

Olympics Impact Affordable Housing, Homeless People and Housing Rights

September 1, 2008

As Chicago waits to hear whether it will be chosen to host the 2016 Olympics, it is importantfor housing advocates to be aware of how housing rights have been impacted in other Olympic host cities around the globe. While the Olympics are an opportunity to showcase a city to the world, the development that comes with hosting the games can often have very negative consequences, particularly for poor and marginalized people.Looking at the past 20 years of experiences of Olympic host cities, what is revealed are some rather devastating impacts on housing rights. In fact, all cities that have hosted the Olympic Games suffer similar negative consequences.

Communities and Homelessness; Housing and Homelessness

Creating Sustainable Funding for Affordable Housing in Illinois

December 1, 2006

For more than 30 years, the nation has been losing affordable rental housing for extremely low income households (those earning less than $16,000 a year nationally). Affordable housing is defined as housing stock available at 30 percent of a household's income. From 1993 to 2003, the inventory of these units plunged by 1.2 million. With losses to upgrading, abandonment, or demolition, currently there is a nationwide shortage of rentals affordable and available to low-income households of 5.4 million units.Currently, 30,000 units of assisted affordable housing in the Chicago area and nearly 70,000 units statewide are at risk of being lost to the private market by 2010.

Housing and Homelessness

Unaddressed: Why Chicago's 10-year plan to end homelessness will not work

January 20, 2006

In 2003, Mayor Daley signed on to a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Chicago. The premise of the plan is to transform the homeless service system from one based on shelter to one based on permanent housing and prevention of homelessness.While the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless agrees with this strategy for assisting homeless individuals and individuals at risk of homelessness, a review of the city's plan and its recent actions to implement the plan reveals that:- The city is not actually taking the steps it says it is taking to achieve its goal- The plan grossly underestimates the demand for homeless services in Chicago and the resources needed to accomplish its goal.- Thousands of people are likely to end up abandoned and only a limited number of people helped in 2012, the year the plan is expected to be fully implemented.

Housing and Homelessness

Far From Home: Why 25 years later we are no closer to solving the problem of homelessness in Chicago

December 1, 2005

This report outlines issues that have led to increased homelessness over the past 25 years, the work done to address it, and the work we have left to do.

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homicide

July 1, 2004

In the 1990s, homicide and violent crime dropped dramatically in New York City but not in Chicago. No single factor can fully explain the reasons for Chicago's persistently high rates of violence. Our data suggest Chicago's homicide rate stayed high while New York City's dropped because of: 1) Continuing disputes over drug markets by Chicago's institutionalized gangs; 2) Police tactics that fractured gang leadership; and 3) Surprisingly, displacement caused by the demolition of public housing Our studies have concluded that a city's housing policy is one crucial component in any effective effort to reduce violence.

Housing and Homelessness; Violence and Violent Crime

Is Housing a Human Right?

October 1, 2003

A CCH policy brief that examines whether housing should be understood as a human right and argues that the right to adequate housing is recognized as a basic and fundamental human right in many sources of international human rights law.

Housing and Homelessness

Housing Initiatives in Illinois: Many Successes, A Long Road Ahead

July 1, 2003

A CCH policy brief that examines housing initiatives in the state of Illinois including: creating and preserving housing for people with the lowest incomes; removing barriers to developing affordable housing in the suburbs; ending discrimination and promoting open access to housing; and removing barriers to developing affordable housing

Housing and Homelessness

Making Rents More Affordable: The Rental Housing Support Program

January 1, 2003

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and the Statewide Housing Action Coalition (SHAC), through the "It Takes a Home to Raise a Child" campaign, have proposed state legislation that creates a revenue stream to fund local rental subsidy programs throughout the state. Under this legislation, known as the Rental Housing Support Program, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) would offer grants either to local administering agencies (local governmental bodies, local housing authorities, not-for-profit organizations) or to developers of affordable housing.

Housing and Homelessness

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