State cuts hit Chicago homeless

August 25, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Julie Dworkin of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless discusses state cuts to funding for emergency housing.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel packed a lot into his plans for his first 100 days in office but one issue was not addressed in his transition report: homelessness. The grand challenges persist, though—the year's state budget cut funding for emergency and transitional housing by about half. To get a sense for how those cuts played out and the needs of Chicago’s homeless population, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Julie Dworkin, the director of policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.