Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has followed a clear mission:
They organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because they believe housing is a human right in a just society.
They are the only non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. Their organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois.
In addition, CCH presses for access to jobs, training, and public schools. Their community organizers, policy specialists, and public interest attorneys advocate with people hurt by homelessness, including mothers with children, students, unaccompanied youth, ex-offenders, prostitution survivors, and low-wage workers.
To preserve their independent voice, CCH does not accept government funding. Instead, they advocate for funds to create housing and improve services and opportunities for people who are homeless or at-risk, and to support the programs that serve homeless families, youths and adults.