Sep 26, 2015 4:19 PM GMT
Chicago, IL — On Wednesday, legislators, service providers, advocates, and community members including homeless youth will rally downtown at the Thompson Center. They will call on Gov. Bruce Rauner to work with the General Assembly to choose revenue instead of endangering homeless youth.
[NOTE: According to the Williams Institute, an estimated 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT.]
It has been more than 80 days since services for homeless youth received any state funding. CCH helped conduct a survey that shows 77% of homeless youth providers in Illinois have already reduced or eliminated services or will be forced to make those cutbacks if the budget impasse continues.
The state's failure to fund vital services, including childcare, mental health, adult and higher education, economic development, and immigration and refugees, also harms homeless youth. If Springfield fails to pass a budget that chooses revenue, more closures will occur and homeless youth will lose shelter and basic human services.
Studies show that unsheltered youth are much more likely to be raped, sexually exploited, physically assaulted, and to go without needed health care.