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Kadner: Illinois’ needy to be hurt by voters’ backlash against corruption

By Phil Kadner

Jennifer, a Lynwood mother of two children, ages 5 and 2, was told she had two weeks to move. The landlord at the house she had rented for two years said that rather than repair water pipes that froze and burst, he was going to demolish the house.

A home health aide, Jennifer and her family stayed with relatives and friends for several months before staying at a homeless shelter. With help from Respond Now, a social service agency in Chicago Heights, Jennifer’s family landed on its feet.

But the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Voices for Illinois Children and Housing Action Illinois fear that help for many families in similar circumstances may not be available next year.

Due to the state budget crisis, they expect steep cuts to the Homeless Prevention Program, which had not received all that much money in previous years.

Read the full article online at the Southtown Star.

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