Chicago Housing Authority to distribute 10,000 coats to children at 9th annual Operation Warm event

Chicago Housing Authority to distribute 10,000 coats to children at 9th annual Operation Warm event

Pre-registered families to pick up new, free winter coats

CHICAGO (RealEstateRama) — CHA is partnering with the national non-profit Operation Warm for the ninth consecutive year to give away 10,000 new winter coats to children living in Public Housing and participants of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

WHAT: 9th Annual CHA Operation Warm Coat Distribution and Resource Fair

WHERE: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road

WHEN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

WHO: CHA CEO Eugene Jones, Jr., will be joined by volunteers to hand out 10,000 winter coats

DETAILS: Brief program at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the UIC Forum to families that pre-registered to receive coats. Attendees can also participate in a resource fair with nearly 40 organizations offering services and giveaways.

Walgreens will provide flu shots; First Book will give away 20,000 new books; and the League of Women Voters will register new voters. The resource fair will include the Jane Addams Resource Corp., Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges and more.

In addition, there will be sponsor giveaways from Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, ComEd and Comcast.

Press contacts:
Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344; msullivan (at) thecha (dot) org
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar (at) thecha (dot) org

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The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. As a result, CHA families are more successful than ever before. In 2000, 15% of work-eligible heads-of-household were employed. Now more than 58% are employed. Also, the annual income of employed heads-of-household has doubled to more than $19,000 a year.

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