The Homeless Housed – Jon Stewart Video Clip
This video, first aired on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this January, was shown at a workshop during the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington, DC this July.
The workshop was titled “Homeless Assistance Providers and the Media” and Lloyd Pendleton, interviewed in the video clip, spoke about Utah’s progress in ending homelessness. Supportive Housing is a key component to their success.
Currently, DuPagePads is the largest provider of Supportive Housing apartment units in the county, with 80 units. Families and individuals qualify for the program if they have a documented disability and have been homeless for a year or more (or three times within the last four years).
With continued case management services, Supportive Housing serves as a foundation for improved health. Last year 88% of families and individuals in the program have had a place to call home for a year or longer.
Supportive Housing ends homelessness and is a wise investment for tax payers as it stops people from cycling through shelters, emergency rooms, detox centers and prisons; and at the same time provides cost savings to medical, mental health, substance abuse and the expensive criminal justice systems.
Last year these units saved taxpayers $300,000, a cost savings of $2,414 per resident in publically-funded services, all while achieving improved health outcomes for the program participants.
Currently, Governor Rauner’s proposed budget severely cuts Supportive Housing programs that save money for the state.
Click here to fill out an electronic version of our petition to oppose cuts to Supportive Housing. Feel free to fill it out online, save it and email it back OR print it and drop it off at our office/in the mail at 601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187.
Thank you for your consideration in being a part of our many unified voices to keep funding for our Supportive Housing program.