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SNAP Time-Limit Waiver Renewal in Question, Could Impact 200,000 ResidentsSeptember 6, 2016
This December, Illinois’ SNAP time limit waiver will expire, and if the governor’s office does not apply for renewal, 200,000 Illinois residents could lose their SNAP benefits, and the state could lose $330 million in federal funding.
What’s the SNAP time limit? And what’s this waiver?
, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal program that helps very low-income individuals and families to buy the food they need. The amount of assistance received depends o…
Learn More » Chicago Urban League Releases Blueprint for an Equitable ChicagoAugust 23, 2016
Earlier this month, the Chicago Urban League released a
for their work towards racial equity in Chicago. The blueprint outlines an ambitious strategic plan that stands on three pillars—education, employment, and economic development. Ultimately, the Urban League’s goal is to deconstruct “structural racism and create more equitable educational, employment and economic systems for African Americans.”
While each pillar of the Urban League’s blueprint has a distinct set of…
Learn More » “Homes and Jobs: Better Together” A Snapshot of the Destination: Jobs SurveyJuly 19, 2016
In Chicago, less than 20% of individuals who exit the homeless service system experience increased income from employment. There is a great need to ensure that unstably housed clients have access to the resources that will help them take advantage of job opportunities that contribute to increased housing (and economic) security.
Destination: Jobs is part of The Connections Project spearheaded by the National Initiatives division of Heartland Alliance to address the employment needs of homeless
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