Vote pending! Call for $4.7M shelter funding

Promising news from Springfield on Tuesday, but we need your help right away!

Illinois House and Senate leaders have agreed to propose a supplemental human services appropriations bill that, among other things, would restore the state’s $4.7 million (52%) cutback to emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.  

The bill also restores funds for mental health and substance abuse programs that were being closed due to drastic budget cuts.

Votes are expected later today in the both the House and the Senate on these measures, Senate Bill 2412 and House Amendment 2.

Please call or email your Senator and Representative in Springfield offices to ask them to restore funding for the Emergency and Transitional Housing Funding program.  Get their contact info at

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was back in Springfield today, bringing more than 60 homeless family members and adults from Chicago, Rockford and Aurora to advocate for shelter funding. Please help them advocate for these safety-net services.

– Anne Bowhay, Media