Monthly Archives: September 2014

With Section 8 Waiting List Closed, a Family's Struggle to Get Off the Streets

Marquita and Sydney Wright are a married couple with six children living in Chicago. They have been homeless since November of last year. They are currently waiting to obtain housing through Section 8, a government-run program that provides subsidized housing to low-income households. This is the story of their wait. Since the initial interview in June, the
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DOE Report Reveals Student Homelessness Rates Still Skyrocketing in Illinois

The number of students in Illinois who qualify for homeless assistance has more than doubled in the past five years, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. The DOE’s annual Consolidated State Performance Report Data marked the number of students meeting the federal definition of homelessness during the 2012-13 school year at
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OpEd: The Hidden Militarism of the DREAM Act

Following President Barack Obama’s decision to delay action on immigration until after the midterm elections, immigrant justice organizers have stepped up their activism – and politicians around the country are feeling the heat. During a recent campaign stop in Iowa, Democrat Hillary Clinton faced tough questions from supporters of the DREAM Act, which promises a
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Study Shows Inadequate Child Welfare Blamed on Barriers to Secure Funding

Government child welfare agencies cannot solve the issue of child wellbeing on their own, argues a new study released by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. One of the main obstacles, according to CSSP senior associate and report co-author Megan Martin, is money. “It’s very difficult to do this work because of the
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