Shelter Cuts Will Put More Homeless On Streets, Advocates Say

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ahead of an anticipated cold and snowy winter, Chicago area homeless shelters are worried government funding cuts will mean more people on the streets.

Even before the state cut the budget by half, homeless shelters across Illinois had to deny service to people over 45,000 times last year, according to West Suburban PADS executive director Lynda Schueler.

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She says if the $4.7 million isn’t restored, that means an additional 6,700 people will be turned away from shelters this winter.

Abdullah Hassan, interim CEO of Inner Voice, says if lawmakers don’t bring the money back, his agency’s shelters will have to choose between services and food, maintenance and beds.

Charles Austin says without Yana House, on Chicago’s South Side, he would have been out on the street two months after loosing his job.

Chicago area homeless shelters plan to bus 100 people to Springfield on Wednesday to press their case before lawmakers.

  • Disgraceful

    How much money do we send to other countries to help to keep their people from being homeless or starving?

  • Deborah Van Der Harst

    This is the last place funding should ever be cut. These people can’t afford to pay lobbyists to fight for them so they have no one in politics to represent them. Why aren’t these people ever part of anyone’s platform when they are running for office? It is reprehensible that people who can’t fend for themselves will have fewer places to eat, sleep and stay warm this winter. Their blood is on the hands of the greedy politicians hands who don’t want to let go of their niceties to help one more mentally ill hungry cold human being. I will not re- elect one politician unless I see one who wants something more than to simply be re-elected. I haven’t found that yet.

  • Wolf

    Is it not time to restructure these bloated and corrupt public sector operations and reform the fraudulent public sector pension scam instead of taken away pennies from the homeless…the criminals in this government and public sector should all be behind bars with the scam and fraud they have orchestrated on the taxpayers…

  • al

    i been homeless for over 3 years, the shelters network with housing agencies we go to for subsidized housing and MOST dont return calls and i can name one that i been waitng for intake for a year now and calls to the director are never returned. I been on lists for over a year (one cant find my application) so i agree with Wolfe and the state needs to have a website for the homeless that ARE trying and making effort to get out of homeless to report the non homeless agency employess and coordintors that they pay and dont service the homelsess as required by the state to do

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