Chicago Homeless, Housing First, Ending Homelessness
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness


The Chicago Alliance’s seventh annual Breakfast with the Mayor was held on October 20, 2010. The Breakfast with the Mayor is the single largest event in Chicago on ending homelessness and highlights our collective progress and ongoing priorities.

The 2010 Breakfast was attended by over 200 guests including civic and corporate leaders, state and local policymakers, members of the philanthropic and academic communities, homeless service providers, and people who have experienced homelessness. The packed ballroom reminded us that by working together, we truly can end the tragedy of homelessness.

The Chicago Alliance thanks our honorary co-chairs Chris Kennedy and Judith Rice, lead sponsor The Chicago Community Trust, and all of our sponsors, hosts, and guests for making this auspicious event possible.

Over 200 people attended the Breakfast with the Mayor including Honorable Abner Mikvah; Sheila Simon, Illinois Lieutenant Governor; Joyce Coffee, Executive Director of Family Rescue and Erin Ryan, Executive Director of Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Gloria Materre speaks with Jim Reynolds, CEO of Loop Capital and Chicago Alliance board member
The crowd acknowledges Irene Cabello, Co-Chair of the Chicago Alliance Consumers Commission
Suzanne Hanney, Editor-in-Chief and Bruce Crane, board member of Streetwise share a light moment with Chicago Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Radner

Special Guests

Mayor Richard M. Daley

Nancy Radner, Chicago Alliance CEO and Judith Rice present Mayor Daley with the 2010 Partner in Change award

The Chicago Alliance is honored that Mayor Daley has keynoted the Alliance’s annual Breakfast every year and we are proud of our ongoing partnership with the Mayor and his administration. Mayor Daley has been a vocal champion of ending homelessness for many years, making Chicago’s innovative Plan to End Homelessness a major priority of his administration. Chicago’s Plan was endorsed by Mayor Daley in 2003, making Chicago the first major U.S. city with a plan endorsed by its Mayor.

In his 21 years in office, Mayor Daley has aggressively sought to rebuild public housing, end homelessness, and prevent foreclosures – and to create a global city that all of its citizens can call home. In honor of the Mayor’s continued dedication to ending homelessness in Chicago and his impending retirement, the Alliance honored him with our annual “Partner in Change” award at the Breakfast.

Mark Johnston, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Chicago Alliance was delighted that Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Development in Washington D.C., travelled to Chicago specifically to speak at our Breakfast. Mr. Johnston is responsible for administering $3.5 billion annually in federal funds to assist persons who are homeless and low-income persons with HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Johnston spoke about the promising trends at the federal level that impact our efforts to end homelessness in Chicago. He also introduced the first ever Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, adopted by the Obama Administration in June 2010.

Featured Presentations

100,000 Homes Campaign

The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement to find and house 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable and long-term homeless individuals and families over the next three years. Chicago launched its 100,000 Homes Campaign in August 2010 and aims to identify and find homes for 125 of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Debbie Reznick, Chicago Alliance Board Member and Senior Program Officer at Polk Bros. Foundation, delivered a moving presentation on Chicago’s progress and the experience of reaching out to individuals living on the streets.

Consumer Perspective

The Chicago Alliance and our guests were honored to hear from Caesar Hill, a formerly homeless veteran and current leader in the Alliance’s Consumers Commission. Mr. Hill spoke eloquently and emotionally about his journey from homelessness to employment and self-sufficiency. In his professional and volunteer work, Mr. Hill is now dedicating himself to helping other homeless veterans get back on their feet.