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Homeless encampments in Chicago

Finding Hope and Stability in Chicago

By Dani Hunter | January 15, 2020

This story was originally published in Legal Council’s 2019 Annual Report. Near the Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicagoans who are homeless have built a community of understanding and of survival. In 2018, our advocates started visiting a popular homeless encampment off the Dan Ryan Expressway, commonly referred to as “Ruble” among residents. Ruble is a place…

Client Focus: Quinn

By Jessica Richardson | January 9, 2020

Quinn, 35, was a single mother raising two children on the south side of Chicago who was hit with an unexpected life storm. Throughout her life she was diagnosed with several mental illnesses, depression, and anxiety. But a late diagnosis of HIV caused the biggest shift of all.

Client Focus: Robert

By Jessica Richardson | November 5, 2019

Robert was born and raised in the west side of Chicago but when his mother passed away, he lost his home.

Client Focus: Josiah

By Jessica Richardson | September 3, 2019

Josiah was a 6-year-old boy who was battling with anemia and other health problems that caused him to rely on tube feeding. Since moving from Chicago to the suburbs, his mother couldn’t get the in-home nursing assistance that she needed to care for Josiah. She tried for months to get the care she was entitled…

Client Focus: Matthew

By Erin Butler | August 21, 2019

Matthew was a 60 year-old man with many chronic health conditions experiencing homelessness in Chicago.

Client Focus: Pete

By Legal Council | August 1, 2019

Pete was a 56 year-old insurance company retiree living with severe breathing problems, a symptom of his HIV-related pneumonia. After three hospitalizations, he was permanently in need of oxygen therapy. Having worked in the insurance industry his entire life, Pete wanted to enjoy life in retirement. Instead, he had trouble getting the help he needed…

Client Focus: Nicole

By Erin Butler | June 18, 2019

Nicole was struggling in school. She couldn’t identify two digit numbers and was having a hard time communicating. She already had an individualized education program (IEP), but Nicole and her family were unsure if she was receiving all of her services. Nicole and her parents only spoke Spanish, but no one at her school could…

Client Focus: Michael

By Joseland Nixon | June 5, 2019

When Michael lost his job, he also lost his health coverage. As someone living with depression and severe mental illnesses, quality, affordable health coverage was essential to his well-being. On top of the stress of handling his mental health without coverage, Michael was also in the middle of an effort to overcome his substance use…

Client Focus: Jackson

By Erin Butler | April 25, 2019

Dana is a mother of three children struggling to balance a variety of medical and income problems. She had been seeking consistent medical treatment to ensure that her children were receiving the care they needed. Dana and her family began services through Under the Rainbow, where her children could receive therapy. Her middle son, Jackson,…

Client Focus: Trent

By Legal Council | April 9, 2019

When Legal Council met Trent, he was waiting for approval for a heart and lung transplant.

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