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.
10-year-old River Forest resident and winner of Fox TV’s MasterChef Junior cooking competition, Addison Osta Smith, support Housing Forward.
Illinois hasn't provided promised funding for shelter services, supportive housing.
"Addison Osta Smith endured the ups and downs of reality competition for weeks and now that she's back home in River Forest, she wants to experience those twists and turns some more. With part of her $100,000 "MasterChef Junior" winnings, Addison plans to take her friends to a water park with roller coasters. A portion will go to Housing Forward, a Maywood-based organization that helps the homeless, a cause she said she feels strongly about. The rest of the money is earmarked for Addison to attend culinary school and college."
The clients, volunteers and staff at the St. John PADS Shelter site have at least one thing in common.
The clients, volunteers and staff at the St. John shelter have at least one thing in common.
With a mix of pain, anger, fear but a core of steel born of years of advocating for those most of us pretend not to know, the agency leaders in Oak Park are turning up the heat.