Founded in 1981 with 18 members, CJC was originally established to track economic development funds earmarked for low-income Chicago residents. The young coalition monitored the city’s public brick-and-mortar funding and developed advocacy efforts to build into skills training to broaden access to jobs.
Thirty years later, CJC has become a respected, collective voice on anti-poverty issues. Eighteen members has grown to 100 community-based organizations, civic groups, businesses and individuals committed to helping disadvantaged Chicagoans move out of poverty and into the workforce.
CJC has become a major player in the passage and implementation of local, state and national legislation. It acts on the principle that effective public policy is the result of broad community participation and ongoing dialogue with a diverse array of organizations.