Chicago Defender: LYTE Collective Aims to Reduce Homelessness on SouthSide

By Danielle Sanders, Interim Managing Editor

LYTE Collective serves young adults impacted by poverty and homelessness. Their mission is to support every young adult, end harmful systems that cause young people to need help in the first place, and build a more just and equitable world together with all who aspire to do better by young people.

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WTTW: Mayor’s 2022 Budget Proposal Includes $214M in Housing Aid

This story is part of WTTW’s Firsthand initiative exploring poverty in Chicago.

By Leslie Hurtado

The city’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year will include up to $214 million in housing assistance for Chicago’s homeless population, with funding provided by the American Rescue Plan, also known as the federal stimulus package. The budget package will be the largest investment from the city to address homelessness.

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WBEZ Chicago: Chicago’s Proposed Budget Would Steer Millions Toward Homelessness, Trees And More

By Mariah Woelfel

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has long faced criticism that she hasn’t put resources behind some of the progressive policy proposals she got elected on.

After the mayor last week outlined her $16.7 billion so-called “Recovery Budget,” which is propped up by a windfall of federal stimulus money, advocates across Chicago tell WBEZ they’re optimistic that might be changing. But, some worry the progress will be short-lived, built on a massive influx of federal dollars that won’t last.

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Southside Weekly: Social Security Backlogs Leave Unhoused Populations Vulnerable

By Noah Tesfaye and Peter Winslow

For the past six months, Michelle Thomas, a youth case manager at The Night Ministry has been trying to get a new Social Security card for her twenty-two-year-old houseless client. After months of contacting different offices and scheduling an emergency visit to a Social Security Administration (SSA) office that was initially denied, Thomas’s client is still waiting for a card to arrive in the mail.

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Streetwise: Right to Recovery Coalition Challenges Mayor’s Budget

By Suzanne Hanney


The Right to Recovery Coalition would agree with Mayor Lori Lightfoot that $1.9 billion of feder COVID relief is “a once-in-a-generation amount of money for a once-in-a-generation crisis.” 


Lightfoot wants to use to half the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in her FY2022 budget to pay down debt, but 13 members of the 50-member Chicago City Council would use it all to alleviate poverty in the wake of the pandemic. 

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Chicago Sun-Times: CPS students facing housing insecurity eligible for one-time $500 checks

The payments will be part of the city’s efforts to reengage thousands of children who lost consistent touch with their schools over the past year. Yet that financial assistance should only be a piece of the strategy to support homeless students during the pandemic, advocates have said.

By Nader Issa and Fran Spielman

The families of Chicago Public Schools students who are experiencing housing insecurity are now eligible for a one-time $500 check to help with educational and living expenses, the mayor’s office announced Thursday.

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Crain’s Chicago Business: Community colleges can now build affordable housing close to campus—here’s how it can help vulnerable students

You read that right: A new law sets the stage for community colleges to build dormitories and apartments that backers say will improve the odds of success for students facing housing insecurity and other challenges.

State Rep. Nick Smith

By Dennis Rodkin and Elyssa Cherney

Now that he’s a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Nick Smith isn’t embarrassed to say he struggled early in college. As he bounced back and forth between classes and his job, he spent little time on campus.

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Chicago Defender: Bring Chicago Home Addresses Affordable Housing Crisis in Chicago

By Chante Gamby, Contributing Writer

Bring Chicago Home (BCH), a grassroots advocacy organization within the City of Chicago wants to provide a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis in Chicago, by proposing a restructuring of a current tax fund to be reinvested in Chicago neighborhoods through affordable housing initiatives.

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