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CHICAGO — Things have certainly changed since Chance The Rapper’s sophomore year of high school. The Chatham native’s music career has blown up – he’s played everywhere from Lollapalooza to Saturday Night Live.

But one thing that hasn’t changed — his love for his home city, and his desire to give back.

Chance has partnered with The Empowerment Plan, an organization in Detroit that makes coats for the homeless. The Empowerment Plan doesn’t just hand these coats out the homeless, they HIRE them.

Homeless women in Detroit are working in the production facility, paid above minimum wage to make these coats.

In an effort he’s calling Warmest Winter Chicago, Chance’s goal was to raise $100,000. That would buy 1,000 coats to be handed out on the streets of Chicago.

As of today, the Warmest Winter Chicago initiative has raised more than $103,000 and counting. Every $100 means another coat to help one of Chicago’s 120,000 homeless.

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