Over 2 million people around the nation experience homelessness annually. While most major cities have preventive centers that offer temporary financial assistance to eligible families and individuals, the lack of state funding has jeopardized the future of these programs.
Now, a new study published in the Journal of Science proves that Chicago homeless prevention programs worked by decreasing the likelihood of families entering shelters by 76 percent when funding was available for them.
Morning Shift talks with the co-author the study, James Sullivan, about his findings. Plus, Noreen Russo, the Director of Catholic Charities’ Homeless Prevention Call Center, joins us to discuss the ground-level effects of decreased state funding.