Patrick Quinn Plans Walk Across Illinois to Raise Funds and Awareness for People Experiencing Homelessness

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

On Monday, August 12th, Patrick Quinn, artist and PhD researcher, will begin a walk across Illinois to raise funds and awareness for people experiencing homelessness in the state. His approximately 190-mile trek will start on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois, and his journey will end a week later in downtown Chicago at Grant Park—a few blocks from Lake Michigan.

Housing Forward Needs more shelter sites

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, said that by mid-November her staff will be turning some homeless people away from their shelters. There is a seasonal dynamic.

"Homelessness is a 365-day-a-year problem," she explained, "but the numbers seeking our services do tend to dip in summer. Some people prefer to sleep outside." Housing Forward made a decision 27 years ago to invest their limited resources in an emergency shelter that would be open mid-September to mid-May.

Symptom or Cause?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

I read an article in the March 14th issue of Time Magazine the other day by Josh Sanburn titled “The radically simple solution to homelessness.”

In the article he said that for many years the thinking in this country regarding reducing homelessness was that we had to treat the causes of homelessness—eg. addiction, unemployment, racism, education, mental illness—first and then provide housing. 

The problem, he continued, was that by the 1990s homelessness was increasing, making it obvious that the “issues first” approach wasn’t working. 

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