The Jewish Voice for
Social Justice in Chicago

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is working to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism, by mobilizing the Jewish community to be a powerful voice for economic and racial justice. For 57 years, we have worked in partnership with diverse coalitions and directly impacted communities to address the root causes of disparity and advocate for concrete improvements in people’s lives. With a growing membership of more than 2,000 Jews across Chicagoland, we bring a committed base to three main program areas: grassroots organizing campaigns, youth engagement, and community development. Join our movement.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
21
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Bring Chicago Home: Canvassing at Promontory Point
Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Help out with canvassing for the Bring Chicago Home Campaign! We’re collecting postcards from constituents to push city council to support this important plan to fight homelessness.

This will be from 4:30-7PM (feel free to come to all or part). No canvassing experience necessary!

Email jacob@jcua.org to RSVP.

Bring Chicago Home is a coalition comprised of people experiencing homelessness and community, policy and direct-service organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in Chicago. As one of the lead organizations. JCUA is pushing for a change in the Real Estate Transfer Tax to create a dedicated revenue stream that would go to housing 20,000 households over the next 10 years. Over the next 3 months, we will be gathering community support to tell the Alderpeople of Chicago that they must support this ordinance!

Oct
23
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Bring Chicago Home Canvassing at 61st St Market
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Help out with canvassing for the Bring Chicago Home Campaign! We’re collecting postcards from constituents to push city council to support this important plan to fight homelessness.

Shifts are from 10am – 12pm and from 12pm – 2pm. No canvassing experience necessary!

Email jacob@jcua.org to RSVP.

Bring Chicago Home is a coalition comprised of people experiencing homelessness and community, policy and direct-service organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in Chicago. As one of the lead organizations. JCUA is pushing for a change in the Real Estate Transfer Tax to create a dedicated revenue stream that would go to housing 20,000 households over the next 10 years. Over the next 3 months, we will be gathering community support to tell the Alderpeople of Chicago that they must support this ordinance!

Oct
24
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Bring Chicago Home: Canvassing at the Logan Square Farmers Market
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Help out with canvassing for the Bring Chicago Home Campaign! We’re collecting postcards from constituents to push city council to support this important plan to fight homelessness.

Shifts are from 10am – 12pm and from 12pm – 2pm. No canvassing experience necessary!

Email michelle@jcua.org to RSVP.

Bring Chicago Home is a coalition comprised of people experiencing homelessness and community, policy and direct-service organizations dedicated to addressing homelessness in Chicago. As one of the lead organizations. JCUA is pushing for a change in the Real Estate Transfer Tax to create a dedicated revenue stream that would go to housing 20,000 households over the next 10 years. Over the next 3 months, we will be gathering community support to tell the Alderpeople of Chicago that they must support this ordinance!

Oct
27
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JCUA Housing and Economic Justice Committee Meeting
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please register here for the upcoming meeting of JCUA’s Housing and Economic Development committee. Our current campaign is the Bring Chicago Home campaign, which seeks to end homelessness in Chicago.

Recent Posts

  • October 3, 2021 05/29/15 Mary Tarullo and Bradley Sanders on Bring Chicago Home campaign

    Earlier this year, JCUA members voted to take on the Bring Chicago Home (BCH) campaign, alongside a diverse coalition of community organizations, including Communities United, ONE Northside, SEIU Healthcare IL, United Working Families, and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). Bring Chicago Home seeks …

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  • September 24, 2021 05/29/15 Sukkat Shalom — 18 Days for Housing Justice

    Tonight we welcome Sukkot — a holiday that commemorates our wanderings through the Sinai desert. Following the Exodus, the Jewish people sought shelter in temporary dwellings called sukkahs, which today serve as symbols for the transience and fragility of life. JCUA always looks to Jewish history to inspire our …

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