Damage Done: Bruce Rauner Decimated Homeless Services
Chicago, IL — Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted the forced removal of a homeless tent city in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. The report comes amidst ongoing devastation to homeless services as a result of Bruce Rauner’s 736-day manufactured budget crisis.
While the failed governor’s budget crisis decimated social service agencies across the state, services for the homeless were particularly hard hit. According to a report by the Responsible Budget Coalition, 90% of homeless service providers were forced to cut clients, services, or staff. Because of the budget crisis, 2,311 fewer formerly homeless Illinoisans received supportive housing services.
“Homeless services save lives and help Illinoisans build better futures and they were decimated by Bruce Rauner,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Thousands of homeless and formerly homeless individuals were hurt and Bruce Rauner’s damage is done.”