Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) manages the only legal aid project in Illinois that is dedicated to serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  We provide free civil legal services to help people secure access to schools, shelter or housing, jobs or services.

Launched in 1980, CCH is staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists and legal aid attorneys who work for and with homeless youth, families and adults.  CCH founded the Law Project in 1997 with Laurene Heybach, now our senior counsel.

Our five attorneys provide free legal assistance to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, concentrating primarily on issues related to the education of homeless children and youth, or the legal needs of unaccompanied youth. We served 333 clients in 2014, 94% of whom were homeless students or youth living in metropolitan Chicago.