Illinois Housing Committee looks into homelessness across the state
Provider Neli Vazquez of A Safe Haven said the pandemic gives everyone a chance to learn. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)
By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD – As if there is a good time to be homeless, another pandemic winter is unlikely to help.
During a virtual meeting Tuesday of the Illinois House Housing Committee.
What Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (D-Chicago) said was, no pun intended, chilling.
“I have major concerns that the diminished emergency shelter capacity is a huge problem,” she said, “and people are going to die this winter.”
LaPointe and other lawmakers on the Illinois House Housing Committee heard that “housing is health care” – and that there’s a direct relationship between poor health and homelessness.
Provider Neli Vazquez of A Safe Haven said the pandemic gives everyone a chance to learn.
“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine the delivery system,” she said. “I think there have been a lot of setbacks, and we have not been prioritized in terms of being part of the critical infrastructure.”
People in the field say permanent supportive housing is the way out.