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Illinois to Spend Over $350 Million to Address Homelessness

At a summit to address homelessness in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker launched the state’s taxpayer-funded Home Illinois Anti-Homelessness Initiative.

The summit, which brought together community leaders and others to discuss potential solutions and strategies, served as a launch for next steps in the Home Illinois plan, a multi-year approach the Pritzker administration said has a goal to reach “functional zero” homelessness in the state.

The program has a taxpayer price tag of nearly $360 million this year, an $85 million increase over last year. The largest portion is $118 million and will go to support unhoused populations seeking shelter and services, including $40 million in the Emergency and Transitional Housing Program.

Other expenditures include $37 million to create more than 460 non-congregate shelter units, $30 million for court-based rental assistance and over $21 million for homelessness prevention services.

“This is a first-of-its-kind multi-agency endeavor, bringing together state agencies, nonprofit organizations, advocates, and people with lived experience to take an intergovernmental approach to preventing and ending homelessness,” Pritzker said.

Source : The Center