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April 6, 2011

Name:_______________________ Address:_______________________ City, State:_______________________ Zip:_______________________ E-mail:________________________

Dear ___________, My name is ________________. Today, I heard from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. I learned about Illinois’ budget crisis and its impact on people in our community. In fiscal year 2010, the Homeless Prevention Program kept 2,322 Illinois households—89% of households served—from becoming homeless. This saved the state $1,235,304. The Homeless Prevention Program has been cut by 78% since 2009. Governor Quinn proposed an additional $1.4 million cut for next year. The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program assisted 29,717 adults and 12,351 children in FY2010. However, 55,811 individuals were turned away due to insufficient resources. Governor Quinn proposed a 51% cut to Emergency and Transitional Housing Program for next year. The Homeless Youth Program supports 1,173 unaccompanied homeless youth 21 years of age or younger each year. 87% of the youth using this program moved into safe, stable housing. There are more than 25,000 unaccompanied homeless youth in Illinois. The Homeless Youth Program has been cut by 31% since FY2009. From FY2008 to FY2011, state line items specifically dedicated to homeless services were reduced by over $10 million (41%); the additional $6 million in cuts proposed in Gov. Quinn’s proposed FY2012 budget would reduce these services by a cumulative total of 65%. I think it is important to maintain these effective programs because __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ I urge you to fighting to maintain the funding of these programs, and keep these programs within the Department of Human Services where they belong. Respectfully, Signature___________________________________


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Letter to Illinois lawmakers to prevent budget cuts for Homeless Services.

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