More Homeless Headed Your Way
The line now forms before 4 p.m. to get into REST Shelter — a respite from Chicago’s streets for those with no place else to go.
Once a 24-hour homeless shelter for more than 100 people, the facility in a dingy old church has had to lay off workers and close during the day as legislators chopped the Department of Human Services budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, including $4.7 million for homeless services.
The result is that many of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable — REST residents include recovering addicts and the disabled — are left with fewer options and more uncertainty even as census data shows Illinois grappling with its highest poverty rate in nearly two decades as the jobless rate rises.
Meanwhile, we're sure the lobbies of all police stations are going to be crowded starting with the first cold snap.
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