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Crain’s Chicago Business: What businesses must do to stop the cycle of violence

From Crain’s Chicago Business — September 21, 2018 I am a mom. Every day I sit on the same street corner in Englewood. I do it to make sure that the neighborhood kids get not only a hot meal, but a childhood—one complete with running, jumping, and playing. One without any concern of getting shot. …


WBEZ: Chicago Resettlement Programs Hit Hard By Record Low Refugee Admissions

From WBEZ — September 18, 2018 The Trump administration announced this week a proposal to further limit the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. Starting this upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, only 30,000 refugees will be admitted into the U.S. The announcement is another blow to resettlement agencies, including groups in …


Nature: A murdered teen, two million tweets and an experiment to fight gun violence

From Nature — September 4, 2018 In the middle of the day on 11 April 2014, a hooded gunman ambushed Gakirah Barnes on the streets of Chicago’s South Side. A volley of bullets struck her in the chest, jaw and neck. The 17-year-old died in a hospital bed two hours later. To many, her death …


Illinois Asset Building Group: Secure Choice Pilot Program Launches

From the Illinois Asset Building Group — August 16, 2018 We are facing a national retirement savings crisis. Increasingly, older adults do not have enough savings to meet their basic needs in retirement, and younger adults do not have the money or the tools to build retirement savings. Here in Illinois, over 2.5 million workers …


‘He always, always had my back’: How IFF partnered with Heartland Alliance to open a specialized health care facility on Chicago’s south side

People experiencing homelessness have unique health care needs – from safe and reliable sources of food and shelter to treatment for the chronic illness, mental illness, or substance abuse that can be the main drivers of their homelessness.


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: Judges can no longer consider unpaid fines when reviewing record-sealing petitions

From the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — August 13, 2018 Judges cannot consider a person’s fines, fees or outstanding financial obligations when reviewing a petition to seal a criminal record, under a new state law signed August 10 by the governor. The Fair Access to Employment (FATE) bill, House Bill 5341, became effective immediately …


WTTW: Advocates: ‘We Have to Come to Them’ to Address Homelessness

From WTTW — August 10, 2018 Just east of the roaring Dan Ryan Expressway, in an undeveloped patch of trees and grass along DesPlaines Street north of Roosevelt Road, exists a community where dozens of people have set up shelters with tents and blankets. “It’s an interesting situation,” said Mark Lightfoot, a senior mental health …


Christian Science Monitor: Despite spike in shootings, a Chicago community gets a handle on violence

From the Christian Science Monitor — August 8, 2018 On a recent Monday afternoon, a dozen boys and girls are shooting hoops at the outdoor courts of Ogden Park on Chicago’s South Side – something that not long ago, few dared to do in this neighborhood of Englewood, which has long struggled with gun violence. …


USA Today: Can you change how criminals think? Chicago hopes behavioral therapy can cut gun violence

From USA Today — August 7, 2018 CHICAGO – The day’s group therapy session for the young detainees at the county jail started with their behavioral health specialist testing them with a hypothetical scenario: They’ve cheated on a girlfriend and the other woman is pregnant. The participants – all facing serious charges and picked for …


WTTW: Coordinated Effort to End Homelessness Takes Luck Out of the Process

From WTTW — August 17, 2018 Organizations in Chicago have spent decades helping the city’s homeless find housing. But until recently, there was no overarching system in place to help track those efforts – or the people in need. Last year, that changed with the launch of the city’s Coordinated Entry System, which helps track …


Block Club Chicago: Radical New Program Finds Men Most Likely To Be Shot — And Hires Them

From Block Club Chicago — July 26, 2018 For 18 months, extremely high-risk people are given transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and legal and social services to help them pave a different future. The 44-year-old father of three just got a raise and is close to achieving his dream of becoming an outreach worker. After …


WBEZ: Car Title Loans Trap Low-Income Illinois Families In Debt

From WBEZ Chicago — July 20, 2018 In December, 2014, Paul Gillespie’s wife died of a heart attack. He buried her on a Tuesday. On Saturday came more hard news: His landlord called and said she was selling the building, and he and his two teenage daughters had to find a new place to live. …


“We’re On A Scavenger Hunt”: Reuniting Migrant Children With Parents

June 22, 2018 – 66 migrant children taken from their parents were brought to Chicago under the administration’s Zero Tolerance policy. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with some of the children being sheltered in Chicago. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez was there when he lashed out at the administration for a policy he calls cruel and inhumane.


Immigration Debate Explodes in Chicago

June 22, 2018 – The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy is fanning political flames in Chicago and across the U.S. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-4th District) was gaveled out of order after bringing a group of children onto the House floor to protest the separation of migrant families at U.S. borders.


Senator Dick Durbin meets with some of 66 children separated from parents at border being held in Chicago

June 22, 2018 – Senator Dick Durbin met privately with children separated from their parents at the border who are being housed in the Chicagoland area under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Heartland Alliance.


Chicago group housing 66 separated minors says it’s ‘a scavenger hunt’ to find their families

June 22, 2018 – Chicago nonprofit said Friday it is housing 66 migrant children who have been separated from their parents in the past six weeks under the federal government’s “zero tolerance” policy.


The Real Deal: Related wants a Lathrop for everyone

From The Real Deal — June 15, 2018 Related Midwest’s 2010 deal to head up redevelopment of the Chicago Housing Authority’s aging Lathrop Homes threw the private developer into an 80-year-old public battleground. In the decades after Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Plan for Transformation called to restore all 925 of the winding riverfront property’s original …


Chicago Tribune Commentary: Hiring returning citizens is good for business

From The Chicago Tribune — June 13, 2018 Even as the labor market tightens and more than 6 million U.S. jobs remain unfilled, the search for a job can be formidable. This process is exponentially worse for someone who has a criminal record. Even if they get through the interview process, ex-offenders face an application …


Chicago Tribune: In hopes of stopping bloodshed, a multimillion-dollar effort is providing jobs, therapy to city’s most violent

From The Chicago Tribune — June 8, 2018 The brakes of the No. 52 Kedzie bus groaned to a stop about 8:30 a.m., and the doors swooshed open. Corey Givens hopped on and settled into the middle of the bus, holding his backpack as he looked out the window. Givens was disappointed he wasn’t heading …


Report: Illinois’ Poor More Often Victims Of Violent Crime

March 15, 2017 – People living in poverty are more likely to become victims of violent crime than higher income earners whether they live in cities, suburbs or rural areas.


Obama Foundation Announces Establishment of Inclusion Council

October 11, 2016 – Today, the Obama Foundation announced the creation of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. The mission of the new Council is to ensure that the ongoing work of the Foundation is informed by a diverse set of views and opinions and in line with the values of diversity and inclusion.


Work to start on apartments for homeless near downtown Milwaukee next summer

MILWAUKEE, September 12, 2016 – Milwaukee Business Journal — Construction could start in summer 2017 to convert Milwaukee County’s former work-release building near the courthouse into 60 affordable apartments.


CHA Launches Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking

CHICAGO, July 19, 2016 – WBEZ — The Chicago Housing Authority is launching the first program of its kind in the country to address housing issues for survivors of human trafficking. Local social service agencies will refer trafficking survivors to the CHA program. One of those agencies is Heartland Alliance, which sees 20 to 25 survivors a year.


Sen. Durbin visit to Town Hall apartments spurs discussion on gun control

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ( D-Illinois ) paid a visit to the Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing’s Town Hall Apartments in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood June 17.


Madison Opens Doors To Biggest Housing Project For Homeless

(Madison – June 16, 2016 – Wisconsin Public Radio) Madison opened its biggest residential project for the chronically homeless this week, giving them a permanent place to stay with on-site support for mental health, addiction and other issues.


Cutting a ribbon and opening its doors, Rethke Terrace celebrates official opening

(June 16, 2016 — Madison, WI) Rehke Terrace, Madison’s first permanent supportive housing site and a collaborative effort between federal, state, county, city and community agencies, celebrated its official opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.


Rethke Terrace Apartments open in Madison

(Madison, WI – June 15, 2016 – WKOW ABC 27) Dozens of people who have experienced chronic homelessness in the Madison area now have a new permanent place to call home.


Home for Homeless

(Madison, WI – June 15, 2016 – WISC-TV NEWS 3) A new apartment complex is opening today in Madison that gives homeless residents a place to call home.


‘This is home’: Madison opens its biggest ‘Housing First’ project to date

(June 9, 2016 – Madison, WI) The $8 million Rethke Terrace project will provide 60 units of permanent housing with voluntary support services for homeless single adults and veterans


Qualifying Madison homeless residents start moving into Rethke Terrace apartments

(June 4, 2016 – Madison, WI) Over a dozen individuals have started moving into Rethke Terrace Apartments, the first of what the city hopes will be five new permanent supportive affordable housing sites in Madison.


In 30 Years This LGBT Activist Served 15 Million Meals To People With AIDS

From DNAInfo.com For the past 28 years, Lori Cannon has helped deliver over 15 million meals to those who need it most through Open Hand/Chicago, the nation’s only network of grocery services geared toward people who have HIV and AIDS. Though she’s touched millions of lives over the years, one day she hopes she doesn’t …


4 Men with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford

From Esquire.com The  median household income in America is $53,657. Politicians draw $250,000 as the line between the middle and upper classes. And the true starting point of real wealth remains a cool $1,000,000. We asked four more or less typical men, each of whom earns one of these incomes, to tell us about the lives …


Lakeview to be future home of first affordable building for senior LGBT

Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is the site of one of the nation’s first affordable housing developments meant for gay and lesbian seniors. Plans are under way to construct an 80-unit apartment building at the northwest corner of Halsted and Addison streets, considered the heart of the city’s gay and lesbian community. The site includes a former …


Evelyn J. Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance

Evelyn J. Diaz is the President of Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations. With headquarters in Chicago, Heartland Alliance operates in the broader Midwest, and has programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Evelyn leads the organization’s executive team, directing domestic and global strategy, and operations. For …


Evelyn J. Diaz Named President of Heartland Alliance

Evelyn J. Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance Evelyn J. Diaz is the President of Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations. With headquarters in Chicago, Heartland Alliance operates in the broader Midwest, and has programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Evelyn leads the organization’s executive team, directing …


Illinois Legal Advocate’s Names Eleni Wolfe-Roubatis Advocate of the Month

Watch the video to learn more about about Eleni Wolfe-Roubatis of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center and the Advocate of the Month Award.    


Where Poverty Is Highest in Illinois

Chicago Magazine   January 29, 2015     From Chicago Magazine: The counties with the highest rates of poverty tend to be the ones where Pat Quinn lost—and where Bruce Rauner will need to tread carefully while cutting government spending. The Heartland Alliance just released its annual report on poverty. The biggest news is bad: The state …


Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine’s home in Champaign

Chicago Tribune   December 25, 2014     From Chicago Tribune: Every morning, Dinar sits in a folding chair in a second floor bedroom of a house in this university town and Skypes with his family a world away. This is likely as close as he will ever be to them again. Dinar, a 30-year-old Afghan man, …


Chicago-area refugees experience traditions, flavors of Thanksgiving

Chicago Tribune   November 25, 2014     From Chicago Tribune:   The music filling the room was wholly American — the instantly recognizable Vince Guaraldi piano riff from the “Peanuts” holiday specials. But the guests in the room didn’t grow up watching Charlie Brown or celebrating Thanksgiving. They were refugees from troubled spots around the globe, …


LGBT-friendly senior housing opening across U.S. cities

USA Today   October 6, 2014 USA Today covers the opening of our latest supportive housing development, Town Hall Apartments, the Chicago area’s 1st LGBTQ-friendly affordable senior housing development.   From USA Today: CHICAGO — In his younger days, Ed Lund struggled to live openly as a gay man. But as Lund, 69, enters his golden years, …


‘Humans of New York’ Inspires Chicago-Based Anti-Poverty Project

DNAinfoChicago, by Justin Breen   August 31, 2014     From DNAinfoChicago, by Justin Breen: DOWNTOWN — Everyone has a story worth telling, which is the idea behind “Questions That Matter.” The project created by Downtown-based Heartland Alliance, the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest, focuses a “humanizing approach to talking about poverty that focuses on both …


When ‘Deadbeat Dads’ Are Jailed

The New York Times   April 28, 2015     From The New York Times:   To the Editor: Incarcerating noncustodial parents for failure to pay child support is not an effective enforcement strategy for parents earning little or no income. A better strategy is connecting these parents to employment. Work-oriented programs for noncustodial parents with child …


Left Out in the Cold

The Huffington Post   February 21, 2014     From The Huffington Post:   This winter has been one for the record books. Wind chills have closed in on -30 and below, and with the exception of the recent warm snap we’ve rarely seen temperatures above freezing, not to mention the record-breaking snowfall. It’s really been an …


The Modern Face of Poverty

The Huffington Post   February 3, 2014     From The Huffington Post: A few days ago, the Social IMPACT Research Center, a program of Heartland Alliance, released its yearly report on the state of poverty in Illinois, and it’s proven what we’ve known for a long time — our economy simply isn’t working for all too …


Region has made gains but still struggles in War on Poverty

The Southern Illinoisian   February 3, 2014     From The Southern Illinoisian:   Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty, the percentage of Illinoisans living in poverty is about the same as it was then, according to a study released last week. The percentage of Illinoisans living in poverty was 14.7, …


New Report Provides Sobering Look At Illinois Poverty Trends Over 50 Years

Progress Illinois   January 30, 2014     From Progress Illinois:   A new report from the Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center  finds that the poverty rate in Illinois, at about 15 percent in 2012, is the same as it was in 1960. The report, which comes on the heels of the War on Poverty’s 50th anniversary, also shows that 388,000 Illinoisans still …


Report: Illinois poverty remains stubbornly high

San Francisco Gate   January 29, 2014     From San Francisco Gate: CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ overall poverty rate is the same as it was a half-century ago despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people struggling to get by, according to a new report that …


Increasing Colon Cancer Screening Rates in HIV+ Patients

Medscape   January 29, 2014     From Medscape: For 28 years, Heartland Alliance Health, Inc. (HAH), the healthcare arm of Heartland Alliance, the leading antipoverty organization in the Midwest, has delivered high-quality healthcare to Chicago’s most vulnerable people — those living in poverty, the homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, the mentally ill, substance abusers, and immigrants …


A Call to Arms in the War on Poverty

The Huffington Post   January 8, 2014     From The Huffington Post: Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. It was one of the greatest social undertakings of our time, spawning and expanding some of our most successful social programs – Medicare, Medicaid, increased Social Security benefits, a permanent food stamp …


Formerly homeless twins on the road to normalcy

The Chicago Tribune   January 2, 2014 Brothers, who in 2010 were living under a bridge, have made much progress. But there’s still a way to go.   From The Chicago Tribune: On a recent morning, twin brothers Frank and Anthony Nowotnik sat in a Starbucks in Uptown, sipping coffee and talking about the past. Anthony was …


Medicaid Expansion Faces Major Logistical Challenges Among the Homeless

The New York Times   November 24, 2013     From The New York Times: CHICAGO — In a back room at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph, one of the largest homeless shelters in Chicago, a social worker named Sheena Ward guided Terry Cannon through a Medicaid application.   A wet cough punctuated Mr. Cannon’s …


Can You Feed a Family on Less Than $7.42?

Huffington Post Chicago   November 18, 2013     From Huffington Post Chicago: If the Black Friday ads arriving in our mailboxes are any indication, the holidays are upon us and with them the opportunity to relax with family and enjoy a good meal. Unless you’re a family in poverty that is. It’s hard to celebrate the …


Pending Final SNAP Reduction, State and City’s Neediest Brace for Further Food Insecurity

  The Chicago Bureau   November 14, 2013     From The Chicago Bureau: For Chicagoan Darrell Hairl, a $20 cut from a monthly SNAP allotment is no small change. The 44-year-old is unemployed and has been supporting himself through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since 2010.   But with the Nov. 1 expiration of some …


Shutting Down Families in Need

  Huffington Post   October 22, 2013     From Huffington Post: Let’s take a moment to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After 16 days spent bickering over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress finally reached a truce and the law, which mandates that all Americans must have access to affordable care, remains intact. And while …


Ending Poverty Through Health Care – Heartland Alliance

Huffington Post   October 7, 2013     From Huffington Post: After years of debate, on October 1 our nation realized a tremendous milestone in how we provide health care in America — the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent history and the largest overhaul …


Chicago poverty rate remains near 15 percent, census finds – Heartland Alliance

Crain’s Chicago Business   September 19, 2013     From Crain’s Chicago Business: (AP) — New U.S. census figures show that Illinois’ poverty rate held stubbornly at nearly 15 percent last year, signaling what anti-poverty activists say is worrisome proof that any economic recovery has not reached those struggling with low income. In the Chicago metropolitan area, …


Harvest Commons Apartments Offer More Than Just a Room of One’s Own

The American Institute of Architects   September 13, 2013     From The American Institute of Architects: Landon Bone Baker’s renovated SRO affordable housing project gives recently homeless residents access to supportive services and urban agriculture. By Leigh Franke   A roof over your head is a crucial first step to getting back on your feet, but …


Report: Suburbs have as much poverty as the city – Heartland Alliance

Report: Suburbs have as much poverty as the city The Daily Herald   September 5, 2013     From The Daily Herald: As poverty skyrockets in the suburbs, a new report says the suburbs now have as many poor people as the city of Chicago. The “Poverty Matters” report, released today by the Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT …


Quinn Signs Law to Help Illinois Renters Fight Foreclosure

  WIFR   August 22, 2013     From WIFR:   CHICAGO — Governor Quinn has signed a new law protecting Illinois renters in foreclosed multifamily properties. The new law requires those acquiring foreclosed residential property to honor existing leases or give tenants adequate time to make a safe move. This legislation is meant to protect Illinois …


Green Finalist: Harvest Commons Apartments – Heartland Alliance

Affordable Housing Finance   August 1, 2013 Congratulations to Heartland Housing for their nomination in Readers’ Choice Awards for the nation’s top developments of 2012 and 2013 by Affordable Housing Finance.   From Affordable Housing Finance: After falling into disrepair and closing nearly a decade ago, Chicago’s landmark Viceroy Hotel on the West Side has undergone a …


Ill. governor signs Medicaid expansion into law – Heartland Alliance

Bloomberg Businessweek   July 22, 2013     From Bloomberg Businessweek: CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois became the latest state Monday to implement a central part of President Barack Obama’s health care law by expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who don’t have children at home. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state legislation into law, which will allow …


Governor signs Medicaid Expansion Bill, Cook County program offers big lessons

WBEZ Chicago   July 22, 2013     From WBEZ Chicago: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Monday that will make up to half a million uninsured residents eligible for health care coverage through Medicaid Expansion. The expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act and will kick-off in about six months. But Cook County residents …


The City Is The New Senior Center – Heartland Alliance

http://www.fastcoexist.com   July 10, 2013     From http://www.fastcoexist.com: There’s a new twist to aging in place. It’s aging in an interesting urban place. It’s the idea that the city you live in or near–with all its buzz and diversity–just might be an ideal place to come of age as a senior citizen with equal amounts of …


Chicago Abandoned Lots Eyed for Food-Producing Urban Farms

DNAinfo Chicago   June 7, 2013     From DNAinfo Chicago: HUMBOLDT PARK — In a deal put before the City Council this week, 11 city-owned lots on the southern end of Humboldt Park are on their way to becoming veggie-laden urban farms bearing fresh produce for needy residents. The proposal would see the lots — in …


Construction begins on Midwest’s first affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors

WBEZ Chicago   June 3, 2013     From WBEZ Chicago: Construction vehicles knocked down walls at a building in Lakeview Monday to prepare for what will soon become the region’s first LGBTQ-friendly senior affordable housing development. The $26 million dollar development will occupy a part of the old 23rd district Town Hall police station on Halsted …


Crews behind LGBT senior home break ground in Boystown – Heartland Alliance

ChicagoPride.com   June 3, 2013     From ChicagoPride.com: Chicago, IL — Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted today joined with Lake View residents and elected officials to break ground on the region’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development. “Seniors should not have to give up their friends and way of life because they’ve been priced out …


Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois vow to keep pushing bill despite delay – Heartland Alliance

WGNTV   June 2, 2013     From WGNTV: The bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is now delayed until the Fall at the earliest. The Spring legislative session ended last Friday and a vote on the measure did not happen. In the city’s Lakeview Community supporters used the groundbreaking of a new LGBTQ-Friendly Senior Housing …


What it took to rehab the Viceroy

  WBEZ Chicago   May 31, 2013 An historic hotel with a squalid past is transformed into a model of green, affordable housing   From WBEZ Chicago:   The Viceroy Hotel had its problems long before the alderman was robbed. Built in 1929, the hotel originally catered to middle class professionals who couldn’t afford their own two-flat. …


‘I can’t chew, you know, because the teeth are very weak’

  Washington Post   May 23, 2013     From Washington Post: “I eat on one side. I can’t chew, you know, because the teeth are very weak.”   I’ve researched various issues at the boundaries of public health and poverty policy. One basic issue seems to always lurk: bad teeth. I can’t count the times this …


Boystown LGBT senior housing project nears groundbreaking

  Windy City Times   May 22, 2013     From Windy City Times: The City of Chicago, the Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing are about to break ground on the Midwest’s first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing facility. Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Tico Valle said a ground-breaking ceremony will be held toward the end of …


Being a breadwinner on $8.25 an hour

  WBEZ Curious City   May 22, 2013 A listener who hustles to make ends meet wants us to consider people who hustle for even less.   From WBEZ Curious City: Listener Maggie Cassidy recently got a master’s degree in urban planning. She hasn’t found a job in her field yet, so she’s now working for about …


More poor in U.S. suburbs than cities, report says – Heartland Alliance

Chicago Tribune   May 21, 2013 ‘The landscape of poverty in America has changed’   From Chicago Tribune: Once considered the definition of the middle-class American dream, the suburbs are now home to a larger, faster-growing poor population than urban areas, according to a new analysis. During the 2000s, the number of poor living in U.S. suburbs …


Heartland, Church Open Hotel-Turned-Apartments

National Real Estate Investor Online   April 14, 2013     From National Real Estate Investor Online: CHICAGO—City officials celebrated Friday the $22.3 million renovation of the Harvest Commons apartments at 1519 W. Warren Boulevard. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Near West Side community leaders and site developers today for the formal re-opening of the complex, a designated …


Low-income apartment project reopens in Chicago – Heartland Alliance

  The Southern Illinoisan   April 13, 2013     From The Southern Illinoisan: CHICAGO — Chicago community leaders are celebrating the reopening of an 89-unit apartment complex on the city’s Near West Side. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced the reopening of Harvest Commons apartments. The project is part of a nearly $3 billion investment in …


Viceroy Hotel Reopens as Harvest Commons, Part of Neighborhood Revamp Plan

  DNA Info   April 12, 2013     From DNA Info: NEAR WEST SIDE — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promise to revitalize seven Chicago neighborhoods with $2.9 billion in strategic investments hit a concrete landmark Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Harvest Commons, an affordable-housing apartment complex in what used to be the Viceroy Hotel. …


This Old Police Station Will Be a Home for LGBTQ Seniors

  Chicago Magazine   April 3, 2013     From Chicago Magazine: Construction of an affordable housing development designed to welcome LGBTQ seniors will get underway this month on the site of a historical police station in Lake View. “There are some of our LGBTQ seniors who probably were arrested and detained there for activism around equality …


Ending poverty takes all of us

  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   March 28, 2013     From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: By Sid Mohn I’ve seen a lot of hardship. It’s written on the faces of the nearly 1 million people we serve every year — the hardship of living without a roof, in poor health or hungry. They’re the faces of poverty, and …


Working for the Workers

  Huffington Post   February 28, 2013     From Huffington Post: During President Obama’s State of the Union address, he delivered an ambitious vision for the future — one in which any American in need of a job can find one, workers are paid a living wage, and new jobs are created every day. It’s an …


Sid Mohn: Raising the minimum wage isn’t bad for business

  The State Journal-Register   February 22, 2013     From The State Journal-Register: Gov. Pat Quinn recently called for an increase in Illinois’s minimum wage in his State of the State speech. His proposal prompted a flurry of debate in the media, but one thing was missing: the facts. When you look at the data, it’s …


Minimum wage proposal raises hope for workers, fear for employers

  Kane County Chronicle   February 3, 2013     From Kane County Chronicle: Should Illinois’ governor get his way, workers at the bottom of the wage scale soon could get a state-mandated pay raise. But should state lawmakers increase the minimum wage, businesses and other employers of those earning the wages say it could create problems …


The Numbers Game: Illinois’s 33 Percent

  Huffington Post Chicago   January 17, 2013     From Huffington Post Chicago: This week, Social IMPACT Research Center, the research arm of Heartland Alliance, released its Illinois’s 33 Percent: Report on Illinois Poverty. The findings are shocking — a full 15 percent of Illinoisans, 1.9 million people — live in poverty, more than 650,000 of …


Study: Third Of Illinois Residents Considered Poor

  CBS Chicago   January 16, 2013 A new report shows that a third of Illinois population could be considered poor.   From CBS Chicago: WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports that number has been growing. Amy Rynell, a senior Director with the Heartland Alliance, said her group’s annual study highlights the 33 percent of Illinoisans living …


Report: 1/3 of Illinoisans In or Near Poverty

  WSIU Public Radio   January 16, 2013     From WSIU Public Radio:   A new report puts a spotlight on poverty in Illinois, claiming one-third of the people in the state are in or near poverty.   The study, published Wednesday by the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights’ Social IMPACT Research Center, …


One in three Illinois residents in or near poverty, according to Heartland Alliance report

  WBEZ 91.5   January 16, 2013     From WBEZ 91.5: The Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center released a report today that suggest nearly a third of Illinois residents live in or near poverty. The report explores who is in poverty, why they are in poverty, and possible solutions. One of their findings is that …


1 in 3 Illinoisans lives in or near poverty level: report – Heartland Alliance

  Chicago Sun-Times   January 16, 2013     From Chicago Sun-Times: A staggering one out of three Illinoisans today lives in or near poverty — the peak of a continued climb over three decades, a new study finds. It means one in five Illinois children are living in poverty, according to the study released Wednesday by …


Question answered: Who settles refugees on Chicago’s North Side?

  WBEZ 91.5   January 9, 2013 A listener wonders if the city’s behind placement there and, if not, who is?   From WBEZ 91.5: Chicago may have a deeply entrenched history of segregation, but some pockets on the North Side are as diverse as one might hope to find anywhere. One reason: Chicago’s far North Side …


CDPH awards $6 million to community-based HIV/AIDS housing organizations

  Chicago Phoenix   December 27, 2012 Grants provided by HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)   From Chicago Phoenix:   The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Thursday it has granted $6 million to local community-based organizations to improve housing services and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families in 2013. The …


The Economic Power of Not Making a Profit

  Huffington Post   December 17, 2012     From Huffington Post: As Illinois tries to resuscitate its economy, lawmakers should know that some of the state’s biggest job producers are the ones that don’t make any money.   That’s one lesson to emerge from new research that shows that Illinois’ nonprofit community represents the state’s fourth-largest …


On the Edge

  Huffington Post   December 13, 2012     From Huffington Post: This week, we celebrate human rights day. At Heartland Alliance, where I work, we consider this our national holiday. It’s the time when we get to celebrate the value of every human being, and to remind ourselves that people have the right to a life …


Coming healthcare changes bring hope – and fears

  Medill Reports   December 12, 2012 Chicagoans voice their hopes and concerns about Obama’s Affordable Care Act.   From Medill Reports: Through a program launching early next year, more than 700,000 low-income Illinois residents may benefit from more coordinated and efficient healthcare due to a new program, Together4Health. Chicago-based nonprofit organization Heartland Alliance Health, a partner of …


Amid Fiscal Cliff Talks, What About the Poor?

  Huffington Post   December 10, 2012     From Huffington Post: As President Obama and Congress dig in their heels during the heated negotiations over the fiscal cliff, the public hears about the middle class collectively wringing their hands over potential caps on tax deductions and changes in Medicare eligibility rules. Likewise, the wealthy are well …


Report highlights education, job needs of Illinois veterans

  Chicago Tribune   December 7, 2012     From Chicago Tribune: More than 76,000 veterans who have served since 2001 live in Illinois, according to a new report for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Initiative. And that number is expected to grow in coming years. New veterans also are more likely to have physical and …


New Report Examines Returning Veterans

  Alton Daily News   December 7, 2012     From Alton Daily News: A new report takes a look at troops returning home to Illinois.  The report by the Heartland Alliance shows troops returning home to Illinois from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan represent a new kind of veteran: they are younger than the majority of …


Growing Up In Poverty

  Will am 580   December 4, 2012     From Will am 580 : Nearly one out of every five children in Illinois is growing up in poverty, and in more than half of Illinois’ counties, 1 out of every 4 kids experiences food insecurity. Nationwide, childhood poverty costs the country $500 billion a year, or …


Viceroy Hotel Rehab is Fully Funded and Set to Begin

  Curbed Chicago   November 28, 2011     From Curbed Chicago: All the pieces are in place for the Viceroy Hotel’s transformation to affordable housing. After six years under city protection, the former art-deco flophouse was sold to Heartland Housing in July for $1 and a pledge to bring 89 units of ultra-affordable housing to the …


Your View: Contextualized education: Helping students earn while learning

  Crain’s   November 26, 2012 Opinion by President Sid Mohn   From Crain’s: In its recent article on City Colleges of Chicago, Crain’s asked: Is City Colleges doing the right thing (“Change of Course,” Oct. 22)? I’m struck by two alarming data points in the article: that one-third of City Colleges students live in poverty and …


Heartland Alliance growing hope with urban farm

  Medill Reports   November 14, 2012     From Medill Reports: Leo Ware spent too much of his life cultivating drug customers on Garfield Park street corners, he says. Now he’s trying to cultivate something better in his neighborhood. The six-time convict and native of the West Side neighborhood is helping The Heartland Alliance break ground …


Assessing, and addressing, H.I.V. risk in sub-Saharan Africa

  WBEZ Worldview   November 14, 2012     From WBEZ Worldview: Bartholomew Boniface Ochonya (“OBB”), a human rights and AIDS activist from Nigeria, runs the largest HIV prevention program for high-risk men in sub-Saharan Africa.  He recently returned from a comparative study tour in India where he represented Nigeria’s MARPs (most-at-risk-populations).  OBB and Lori Babcock, from …


Study: IL Rich Get Richer and Poor Get Poorer

  Public News Service   November 12, 2012     From Public News Service: CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has made the “Top Ten” list – though perhaps not a particularly desirable one to be on. A new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ranks Illinois ninth in the nation for highest income …


Farming – urban style

  The Herald-Palladium   November 9, 2012     From The Herald-Palladium:   BENTON HARBOR – With guidance and a lot of hard work, a group of students have converted a weed-choked lot into a productive urban farm. Graduates of the agricultural technology course at The Opportunity Center in Benton Harbor gathered Friday to help dedicate their …


Benton Harbor breaks ground on urban farm

  WNDU.com   November 9, 2012     From WNDU.com: Opportunity farm is a project put on by students from the Opportunity Center in Benton Harbor. But these students, many thought, wouldn’t have a future. “I really had a hard life. I’ve been doing things I ain’t supposed to, I really had a rough life coming up, …


Milwaukee approves grants for housing projects valued at $19.3M

  The Business Journal   November 8, 2012     From The Business Journal: Six affordable housing projects will receive a combined $830,390 from the city of Milwaukee after the grants gained Common Council approval Thursday. The projects represent a combined $19.3 million in construction spending over the next year. The grant money comes from the city’s …


From Botswana to Chicago, Refugees Fight Stigma – Heartland Alliance

  Inside Story   September 25, 2012     From Inside Story:   By Lorraine Ma Seeking refuge in a Botswana camp, a Somali woman found no peace. Known to be HIV-positive, she was subjected to ridicule and threats from her refugee camp neighbors. Stones rained down upon her roof at night. It was but one striking …


LGBT senior housing awarded CHA contract

  Windy City Times   September 18, 2012     From Windy City Times: The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has approved a major contract for upcoming LGBT-friendly senior housing in Lakeview. CHA’s Board of Commissioners voted in favor of the Housing Assistance Payment contract at their public meeting downtown Sept. 18. All but one of the commissioners, …


Happy 152nd Birthday, Jane Addams

  Huffington Post   September 14, 2012     From Huffington Post:   Earlier this month, we celebrated a day that’s close to the heart of many social service agencies both here in Chicago and around the world — Jane Addams’s birthday. I like to think she’d have a lot to say about what the poor are …


Poverty: The Conversation We’re Not Having

  Huffington Post   August 29, 2012 The Huffington Post has invited our President, Sid Mohn to contribute a piece to their Shadow Convention. For those who are not familiar, their Shadow Convention has the goal of sparking a national conversation on issues that neither party is seriously addressing, including the persistence of poverty in America. You …


Groundbreaking Planned for 1 of America’s First LGBT Senior Homes

  Lake View Patch   August 18, 2012 Lake View will soon be home to an innovative senior community, but officials explain the complications behind planning for the first generation of older gays and lesbians.   From Lake View Patch: Chicago will soon break ground on one of the first affordable housing centers in America meant for …


Number of asset-poor Americans rising

Chicago Tribune   January 31, 2012 27 percent of households do not have enough money tucked away to cover three months of basic expenses   From Chicago Tribune:     Luz Pagan, 45, has been working as a part-time cashier at a discount store in downtown Chicago for nearly three years, her requests to become a full-time …


Too Poor to Survive the Summer?

  Huffington Post   July 18, 2012     From Huffington Post: This week, by seven a.m. it’s been nearing 90 degrees, and by noon, temperatures have hit the 100s. Even in the Chicago summer, that’s the kind of heat that stops you in your tracks. It’s the kind of heat where you can’t imagine not turning …


Remembering the Reality of Torture

  Huffington Post   June 26, 2012     From Huffington Post: Torture is often described as ‘unspeakable,’ ‘unimaginable,’ and ‘incomprehensible.’ This description makes this despicable act seem unknowable, impenetrable — so horrifying that we must avert our eyes. As today is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I believe we owe these survivors …


Inspiring Places to Work: Heartland Alliance

  The Daily Muse   June 14, 2012     From The Daily Muse: The Daily Muse selected Heartland Alliance as an inspiring place to work.  Check out this piece to get a sneak peak inside our office! Read More »


U.S. Hunger And Poverty: Ways To Take Action

  Huffington Post   May 31, 2012     From Huffington Post: The United States ranks second in the world for highest relative child poverty rates at 23.1 percent, according to a recent study by UNICEF.   Find out what you can do to help fight hunger and poverty at home.   ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING POVERTY:   Feeding …


Global Chicago Is the Perfect Host for NATO

  Huffington Post   May 18, 2012     From Huffington Post: For the last few weeks, Chicago has been bracing for a new kind of storm — the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, summit that’s occurring this weekend. For all the hassles that accommodating the event entails, though, it is a chance for host countries …


8 Facts About Poverty That Will Blow Your Mind

  Huffington Post   March 13, 2012     From Huffington Post: With campaign season in full swing, it seems everyone has a panacea for what ails us. And while I wish such a simple solution to the division of our indivisible nation existed, the reality is more complicated, requiring first and foremost that we understand the …


AIDS: The Rev. Sid Mohn, Chicago’s vanguard against AIDS – Heartland Alliance

  Windy City Times   March 7, 2012 by Joe Franco   From Windy City Times: The Rev. Sid Mohn grew up on a rural Pennsylvania farm in roots deeply entrenched in both the conservative Dutch environment that he lived and in the Anabaptists that enveloped him. To Mohn, his entire childhood was spent connected to the …


AIDS: Heartland Alliance, 125 years of protecting the vulnerable

  Windy City Times   March 7, 2012 by Joe Franco   From Windy City Times: The mission of Heartland Alliance for the last 125 years has been to advance human rights and respond “to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the …


Underemployed woman receives aid from Tribune readers

  Chicago Tribune   February 16, 2012     From Chicago Tribune: By Becky Yerak, Tribune reporter Luz Pagan, a single mother who was featured in a Tribune story last month about the working poor, started a new job Thursday and received enough financial help from the paper’s readers to cover her rent for a year. Touched …


Moving Forward After Closing Hull House

  Huffington Post   February 1, 2012 Read Sid Mohn, President of Heartland Alliance’s latest Huffington Post column.   From Huffington Post: Today is a new day in Chicago. This week is the first in more than 120 years that Chicago will be without Jane Addams Hull House — one of the preeminent social service agencies in …


From ‘out there’ to indoor life

  The Chicago Tribune   January 23, 2012 Once-homeless brothers trying to adjust to warm rooms, caseworkers’ rules   From The Chicago Tribune:   By Colleen Mastony, Chicago Tribune reporter After 30 years of living like ghosts on the streets, sleeping under a bridge and drifting through warming centers, Frank and Anthony Nowotnik are learning to live …


Apartments for homeless win support over neighbor objections – Heartland Alliance

  the Journal Sentinel   January 10, 2012     From the Journal Sentinel: By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel An apartment building aimed at homeless families, and families at risk of becoming homeless, was unanimously recommended for approval by the Milwaukee Plan Commission Monday. The development, with around 35 units, would be built at the northwest …


Apartments for homeless planned for north side

  The Journal Sentinel   December 13, 2011     From The Journal Sentinel: An apartment building aimed at homeless families, and families at risk of becoming homeless, is being propposed for Milwaukee’s north side. The development, with around 35 units, would be built at the northwest corner of E. Center and N. Buffum streets by Chicago-based …


Elderly poor in Chicago increasing, says Sid Mohn of the Heartland Alliance

    November 23, 2011 Rapidly shrinking middle class pushing more elderly into poverty November 23, 2011|By Janet Kidd Stewart, Special to the Tribune Sid L. Mohn is president of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights in Chicago and serves on the board of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. We asked him about the …


Health Above Wealth

  Huffington Post   November 15, 2011 Read Sid Mohn, President of Heartland Alliance’s latest column.   From Huffington Post: Last week, another federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, marking the second time a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the law. The case is now scheduled to be heard by …


AIDS: Donte Smith–A helping hand

  Windy City Times   November 10, 2011 by Ross Forman, Windy City Times 2011-11-09   From Windy City Times: Donte Smith has gone full circle with Heartland Human Care Services, from needing their help personally to working there and now helping others. Smith, 25, who is gay and lives in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, is an …


Balancing Budgets With Humanity

  Huffington Post Chicago   October 25, 2011 Our President, Sid Mohn, is Huffington Post Chicago’s newest contributor. Read his latest post!   From Huffington Post Chicago: To listen to the current debate in Springfield, it seems that a balanced budget for Illinois means building more casinos and cutting funding for human services. But will that really …


Need for aid soars as resources shrink

  Chicago Sun-Times   October 24, 2011     From Chicago Sun-Times: Socal social service organizations say they’re struggling to keep pace with requests for help from the rising number of poor people in the face of government funding cuts and a continued weak economy that also has reduced charitable giving. At Hesed House homeless shelter in …


Working Together Out of Poverty

October 17, 2011   Sid Mohn President, Heartland Alliance From Huffington Post Chicago Outside of my office, on the corner of LaSalle and Adams, a disabled man sits with an empty cup asking for change and a little help. He’s there — rain or shine — appealing to the humanity in us all and reminding us that …


Another chapter for Chicago’s Viceroy Hotel

  WBEZ Chicago   August 29, 2011 Heartland Housing gives the Viceroy Hotel another chance By Micah Maidenberg   From WBEZ Chicago: The Viceroy Hotel, which stands at the southern edge of Union Park on Chicago’s Near West Side, wears different chapters of its history on its sleeve. On the building’s front facade are Art Deco stylings …


Mayor wants to dish out $3.9 million for old transient hotel to reopen with a new purpose

  The Chicago Journal   August 10, 2011     From The Chicago Journal: Viceroy reclaimed By MATTHEW BLAKE Contributing Reporter The building that was once the notorious Viceroy Hotel for transients will now become something quite different — a site for subsidized housing. The developer Heartland Housing will work with the First Baptist Congregational Church to …


Thugs: This American Life

Thugs: This American Life This American Life   July 29, 2011     From This American Life: Like a lot of Mexican towns, Florencia has had its share of problems dealing with drug gangs. That is until recently, when new narcos rolled into town telling residents that they were there to liberate them. They promised that people …


‘Chefs and the City’ a sensory feast

  Windy City Times   July 20, 2011     From Windy City Times: It was sensory overload—as in feasts for the mouth, ears and eyes—as HIV/AIDS agency Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care hosted its seventh annual Chefs and the City fundraising event July 15 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Guests enjoyed delicious bites prepared by 30 …


Old transient hotel due for an upgrade

Chicago Sun-TImes   July 13, 2011     From Chicago Sun-TImes: By David Roeder City officials Tuesday approved terms of a development deal that calls for the reuse of a landmark 81-year-old building on the Near West Side. The old Viceroy Hotel at 1519 W. Warren has been vacant since 2007, and before that, it had slid …


Car Ownership on a Low Income

  Credit Union Times   June 1, 2011 North Side Community FCU in Chicago Uses NCUF Grant to Expand Initiative   From Credit Union Times: By Michelle A. Samaad Members who may not have the ability to buy a car are getting a second chance through North Side Community Federal Credit Union. The $11 million credit union …


Vital Bridges to merge with Heartland Alliance

Vital Bridges to merge with Heartland Alliance Windy City Times   June 1, 2011 Vital Bridges clients will soon have access to a range of new services. The 23-year-old AIDS service agency will merge with Heartland Alliance July 1.   From Windy City Times: News update posted Wed., June 1, 2011by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times   …


Social services on chopping block

Chicago Tribune   March 23, 2011     From Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune, Voice of the People, March 23, 2011 Our leaders in Congress face considerable challenges in ensuring the long-term economic stability and prosperity that is in all of our interests. As representatives of some of the largest human services, advocacy and community organizations in Chicago, …


Social service providers outraged over Quinn’s proposed cuts

Social service providers outraged over Quinn’s proposed cuts Fox Illinois   February 17, 2011 By Diane S.W. Lee Illinois Statehouse News   From Fox Illinois: SPRINGFIELD — A move by Gov. Pat Quinn to cut funding to social service programs will leave troubled youth “to fend for themselves” if his call for “budget restraint” is answered. Percy …


Social service providers outraged over Quinn’s proposed cuts

Fox Illinois   February 17, 2011 By Diane S.W. Lee Illinois Statehouse News   From Fox Illinois: SPRINGFIELD — A move by Gov. Pat Quinn to cut funding to social service programs will leave troubled youth “to fend for themselves” if his call for “budget restraint” is answered. Percy Dace, 61, who counsels “troubled Youth” in the …


US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape

US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape Human Rights Watch   February 15, 2011 Don’t Exempt These Facilities from Protection Measures   From Human Rights Watch: (Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should direct the Justice Department to apply Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to detainees in US immigration facilities, Human Rights Watch and 10 other …


US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape

Human Rights Watch   February 15, 2011 Don’t Exempt These Facilities from Protection Measures   From Human Rights Watch: (Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should direct the Justice Department to apply Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to detainees in US immigration facilities, Human Rights Watch and 10 other organizations said today in a letter to the …


US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape

Human Rights Watch   February 15, 2011 Don’t Exempt These Facilities from Protection Measures   From Human Rights Watch: (Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should direct the Justice Department to apply Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to detainees in US immigration facilities, Human Rights Watch and 10 other organizations said today in a letter to the …


US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape

Human Rights Watch   February 15, 2011 Don’t Exempt These Facilities from Protection Measures   From Human Rights Watch: (Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should direct the Justice Department to apply Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to detainees in US immigration facilities, Human Rights Watch and 10 other organizations said today in a letter to the …


US: Protect Detainees in Immigration Facilities from Rape

Human Rights Watch   February 15, 2011 Don’t Exempt These Facilities from Protection Measures   From Human Rights Watch: (Washington, DC) – President Barack Obama should direct the Justice Department to apply Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to detainees in US immigration facilities, Human Rights Watch and 10 other organizations said today in a letter to the …


Chicago Neighborhod Development Awards recognize ten, including three for community design excellence

  Chicago Tribune   February 9, 2011     From Chicago Tribune: Chicago’s Loop and lakefront get all the attention, but the city’s neighborhoods are its heart and soul. Last night, at the 17th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, architects and others were recognized for their efforts to strengthen the city’s communities. Community design excellence awards went to John Ronan …


Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards recognize ten, including three for community design excellence

  Chicago Tribune   February 9, 2011     From Chicago Tribune: Chicago’s Loop and lakefront get all the attention, but the city’s neighborhoods are its heart and soul. Last night, at the 17th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, architects and others were recognized for their efforts to strengthen the city’s communities. Community design excellence awards went to John Ronan …


Chicago Adding In-school Health Centers

  Chicago Tribune   December 22, 2010 Centers provide free care to underserved areas.   From Chicago Tribune: At first glance, this health care center on the city’s Northwest Side looks like any other facility offering medical care to young patients: In the waiting area, children will find a basket of books on a small table, toys …


Mayer Brown Lawyer Uses ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Teach Iraqi Lawyers

Chicago Tribune   December 20, 2010 A partner at the Mayer Brown law firm went to Iraq in October as a volunteer for Heartland Alliance.   From Chicago Tribune: When Matt Rooney was asked to teach a course on trial skills, he turned to one of his favorite legal movies. But would “To Kill a Mockingbird” resonate …


Mayer Brown Lawyer Uses ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Teach Iraqi Lawyers

Chicago Tribune   December 20, 2010 A partner at the Mayer Brown law firm went to Iraq in October as a volunteer for Heartland Alliance.   From Chicago Tribune: When Matt Rooney was asked to teach a course on trial skills, he turned to one of his favorite legal movies. But would “To Kill a Mockingbird” resonate …


Training Program Aims to Help Struggling Women Find Paths to Success

Training Program Aims to Help Struggling Women Find Paths to Success WGN Radio   December 13, 2010 Heartland Alliance works with employers to offer financial literacy classes to women at their workplaces.   From WGN Radio: Gloria Guzman is one motivated worker. After completing the “school at work” program offered by her employer, St. Anthony Hospital, Guzman …


Training Program Aims to Help Struggling Women Find Paths to Success

WGN Radio   December 13, 2010 Heartland Alliance works with employers to offer financial literacy classes to women at their workplaces.   From WGN Radio: Gloria Guzman is one motivated worker. After completing the “school at work” program offered by her employer, St. Anthony Hospital, Guzman was given a 10 percent raise and more responsibility this year. …


Report: Illinois Can Halve ‘Extreme Poverty’ by 2015

Associated Press   December 10, 2010 The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, made up of state officials and nonprofit group leaders, outlined an ambitious plan that the group said provides both short- and long-term solutions to help the state’s poorest people.   From Associated Press: Implementing a new jobs program, providing scholarships for low-income students …


Report: Illinois Can Halve ‘Extreme Poverty’ by 2015

Associated Press   December 10, 2010 The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, made up of state officials and nonprofit group leaders, outlined an ambitious plan that the group said provides both short- and long-term solutions to help the state’s poorest people.   From Associated Press: Implementing a new jobs program, providing scholarships for low-income students …


State Employment Program Extended Through the Holidays

Austin Talks   December 6, 2010 Christmas came early last week to the nearly 27,000 workers enrolled in the state’s Put Illinois to Work program, when Gov. Pat Quinn announced it will be extended through Jan. 15.   From Austin Talks: Christmas came early last week to the nearly 27,000 workers enrolled in the state’s Put Illinois …


State Employment Program Extended Through the Holidays

Austin Talks   December 6, 2010 Christmas came early last week to the nearly 27,000 workers enrolled in the state’s Put Illinois to Work program, when Gov. Pat Quinn announced it will be extended through Jan. 15.   From Austin Talks: Christmas came early last week to the nearly 27,000 workers enrolled in the state’s Put Illinois …


Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

CBS News   October 17, 2010 A client of the Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center describes her attempt to obtain asylum in the United States   From CBS News: After the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, not every refugee in the world seeking asylum gets an automatic green light. Russ Mitchell reports on the story of one …


Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

CBS News   October 17, 2010 A client of the Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center describes her attempt to obtain asylum in the United States   From CBS News: After the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, not every refugee in the world seeking asylum gets an automatic green light. Russ Mitchell reports on the story of one …


New Clinic Integrates Primary Health Care

The Art of Healing Life   October 8, 2010     From The Art of Healing Life: Mental health experts have long recognized the benefits of integrating primary health care with mental health treatment. Tragically, the life expectancy for people with chronic mental illness is 25 years less than that of the general public. Thanks to a …


Naperville Median Income Dips Below $100,000

Chicago Tribune   September 30, 2010 The median household income for Naperville residents has been steadily declining, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Heartland Alliance Social Impact Research Center.   From Chicago Tribune: The median household income for Naperville residents has been steadily declining for over a decade and dipped …


Census: Poverty in Illinois up 24% Since 1999

  Chicago Tribune   September 29, 2010 Early analysis from Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center shows that Illinois poverty increased from 12.2 percent in 2008, and from 10.7 percent in 1999.   From Chicago Tribune: The poverty level in Illinois increased 24 percent over the past decade — to 13.3 percent in 2009, according to new …


How Healthy Is Your Credit Score? Area Has Wide Gap Between Black and White

  Belleville News-Democrat   September 20, 2010 Averages for metro-east communities reflect economic disparities, report says.   From Belleville News-Democrat: A new report shows a disparity in credit scores between metro-east communities that have predominantly white residents and towns with predominantly black residents. In its report, called “Bridging the Gap,” the Woodstock Institute in Chicago concluded that …


Immigrant Detainees Denied Access to Lawyers

Legal Times   September 14, 2010 Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center surveyed 150 of the estimated 300 immigration detention facilities operating between August and December 2009.   From Legal Times: Thousands of people in immigration detention facilities are unable to get lawyers because of geographically-isolated facilities, government restrictions on phone contacts, and inadequately funded legal information …


Local College Students Focus on Solutions as Hunger, Poverty Grow

Daily Herald   September 9, 2010 Nearly half of the region’s poor live in the suburbs,   From Daily Herald: Elmhurst College is nestled in Illinois’ wealthiest county – 19 DuPage County communities have household incomes averaging over $100,000 – yet one of the first lessons new students are taught is the plight of the area’s poor. …


Temporary Work Program May Lead to Full-time Jobs

Temporary Work Program May Lead to Full-time Jobs The SouthtownStar   September 7, 2010 A state worker training program, administered by Heartland Alliance, to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work this summer will likely result in real jobs for many Southland participants   From The SouthtownStar: A state worker training program designed to get the …


Volunteers Help Compile a Name Registry of the City’s Homeless.

Volunteers Help Compile a Name Registry of the City’s Homeless. Time Out Chicago   September 2, 2010 Heartland Alliance is participating in a nationwide effort to house the most vulnerable.   From Time Out Chicago: “Excuse me, sir,” Debbie Reznick said to a heap of brown blankets on a sidewalk. A bearded, dazed face popped up. “I …


Social Enterprises in the Heartland

Social Enterprises in the Heartland JustMeans.com   August 17, 2010     From JustMeans.com: 120 years ago, prior to the emergence of social enterprises let alone the establishment of the Social Enterprise Association, back when Chicago was the fastest growing city on the globe, the Heartland Alliance materialized to address the myriad needs of people struggling to …


Rights Group Combating Child Trafficking

News24.com   August 17, 2010 Heartland Alliance helps track down child traffickers sneaking minors through Haiti’s porous border.   From News24.com: On market days, Clarine Joanice sits on a plastic chair by the crowded bridge marking the northern border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Every time a child walks by, she gently grabs its arm and …


Coalition Details Who’s Owed What by Deadbeat Illinois

  Chicago Business   July 21, 2010     From Chicago Business: Read More »


If It’s Working, Keep it Going!

  White House Middle Class Task Force Blog   July 12, 2010 Put Illinois To Work, the federally funded employment program managed by Heartland Human Care Services, is placing 500 people a day in subsidized jobs.   From White House Middle Class Task Force Blog: At a time like this, when there are still far too many …


Chicago West Side Women Seek to Narrow Wealth Gap

  WBEZ   July 6, 2010 A group of mothers and grandmothers on Chicago’s West Side is tackling an entrenched community problem: too few have assets they can tap if they hit on hard times.   From WBEZ: A group of mothers and grandmothers on Chicago’s West Side is tackling an entrenched community problem: too few have …


A Program’s Legacy in Jobs and Lives

  Chicago News Cooperative   July 2, 2010 A profile of Put Illinois to Work, the statewide jobs program managed by Heartland Human Care Services.   From Chicago News Cooperative:   The private Daybridge School, which opens in Olympia Fields next month, may prove to be a testament to educational vision. For now, it’s an homage to …


Changing Demographics Strain Refugee Services

  OneWorld.net   June 24, 2010 Groups that resettle refugees are struggling with diminishing federal funds and an ever more variegated client base.   From OneWorld.net:   When Serestine Cizanye arrived in Chicago from Tanzania it was winter and she spent every day in her room.   “I was confused, didn’t know when it was day and …


Subsidized Jobs Programs Peaking as Expiration Looms

Subsidized Jobs Programs Peaking as Expiration Looms Off the Charts Blog   June 23, 2010 Profile of the successes of subsidized employment programs such as Put Illinois to Work, administered by Heartland Human Care Services.   From Off the Charts Blog: I’ve been calling the TANF Emergency Fund the Recovery Act’s best-kept secret, but the secret is …


Rep. Gutierrez Wants Path to Citizenship for Foreign Partners in Same-sex Relationships

Chicago Tribune   May 20, 2010 Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez endorsed a plan that would allow the foreign-born partners of gay and lesbian Americans to follow the same path to citizenship as heterosexual spouses   From Chicago Tribune: Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez on Thursday endorsed a plan that would allow the foreign-born partners of gay and lesbian …


State: ‘Put Illinois to Work’ Creates 3,886 Jobs

Pontiac Community Times   May 15, 2010 Put Illinois to Work is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS).   From Pontiac Community Times: Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Peoria YWCA to announce that 577 employers across the state have agreed to hire more than 3,886 …


Marion County on “Poverty Warning List” According To New Study

WJBD   May 12, 2010 Heartland Alliance has released its 2010 Report on Poverty in Illinois, with Marion County on the group’s “Warning List.”   From WJBD:   Heartland Alliance has released their 2010 Report on Poverty in Illinois, with Marion County on the group’s “Warning List.” Amy Rynell with Heartland Alliance says the report examines four …


Study Shows Poverty Rising in Central Illinois

Study Shows Poverty Rising in Central Illinois Peoria Journal Star   May 7, 2010 There’s a slew of anecdotes to go with the troubling, if not surprising, trends in poverty throughout the state, based on Heartland Alliance’s recently released report on poverty in Illinois.   From Peoria Journal Star: In Lacon, the number of homes in foreclosure …


Poverty in Chicago: Recession Hits Poor, Uneducated, Minorities Hardest

Huffington Post   May 6, 2010 A new report by the Heartland Alliance suggests that the poor, the uneducated, and minorities in Chicago and in Illinois are bearing the brunt of the Great Recession.   From Huffington Post: No matter what multi-billion-dollar corporations might be responsible for the current recession, it is the poorest and most disadvantaged …


Knox County Lands on Poverty Warning List

Galesburg Register-Mail   May 5, 2010 Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center released news for Illinois through its 2010 Report on Poverty.   From Galesburg Register-Mail: Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center released some bad news for Illinois in the form of the 2010 Report on Poverty. And the news for Knox County — released Tuesday on …


Put Illinois To Work Nets Nearly 3,000 Jobs

Chicagoist.com   May 4, 2010     From Chicagoist.com: Yesterday, Governor Quinn’s office announced its “Put Illinois to Work” program will initially create more than 2,825 jobs, less than a week after its launch. The program provides subsidies for employers who hire unemployed workers that earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($2,428 a …


A New Jobs Initiative Gains Converts

  New York Times   May 3, 2010 A profile of Put Illinois to Work, a statewide jobs initiative administered by Heartland Alliance.   From New York Times: Amid the hum of a South Side commercial laundry, two young women fed newly cleaned aprons into a machine that had eight rollers rotating slowly over a large metal …


Commission Hopes To Eliminate Poverty

  WSIL-TV   April 9, 2010 According to the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, nearly 700 thousand people in Illinois were living in extreme poverty in 2007, that’s before the recession hit.   From WSIL-TV: A family of four making less than 10 thousand dollars a year is classified as being in extreme poverty. According …


Commission Hears Residents’ Struggles to Overcome Poverty

  Williamson County Daily Republican   April 9, 2010 Testimony for the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, which hosted its final hearing to collect ideas for a plan to cut the state’s extreme poverty rate in half by 2015.   From Williamson County Daily Republican: The wisdom of Madison County resident Christy Pace caught the attention …


Valpo Native Travels Across The Globe

Valpo Native Travels Across The Globe The Chronicle   April 7, 2010 Profile of Shea Anderson, a Heartland Alliance mental health practitioner who volunteered in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake.   From The Chronicle:   If there was an earthquake in a country halfway across the world and we were asked to go help the victims, …


Partnerships Making a Difference in Haiti

U.S. Department of State Official Blog   April 2, 2010 Profile of Heartland Alliance’s anti-trafficking work in Haiti.   From U.S. Department of State Official Blog: This week, leaders from around the world, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, convened in New York City for the International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti. With …


Separated Children in Haiti Often Not Welcome Home

Separated Children in Haiti Often Not Welcome Home Associated Press   March 31, 2010 Many challenges face aid groups like Heartland Alliance in reuniting families in Haiti.   From Associated Press: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Stranded since the earthquake, 9-year-old Ana toes the dusty concrete outside her orphanage and tells a social worker she wants to go back …


Community Food Security

  Chicago Reader   March 12, 2010 Profile of Sarah Eichberger, Heartland Alliance’s refugee nutritionist, and her work with Bhutanese refugees.   From Chicago Reader: Between 2007 and 2009, after 17 years of negotiations in which 100,000 Bhutanese lived as refugees in camps in Nepal, the UNHCR resettled more than 25,000 to third-party countries—including the U.S. So …


Michigan Program Aims to Cut Budget by Putting Prisoners Back in Workforce

WNDU-TV   February 9, 2010     From WNDU-TV: It’s no secret Michigan has some serious issues with money and crime. That’s why the Wolverine State has launched a program that aims to address both of those problems in a way that might surprise you. The Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative (MPRI) is a program designed to put …


Jobs Funding Is Set to Expire Before It Has Chance to Work

McClatchy News   February 2, 2010     From McClatchy News:   After a slow start, states struggling with record unemployment are scrambling to create and expand subsidized jobs programs that could employ thousands of poor adults, teens and even disabled people. They’re running out of time, however, because nearly $4 billion in unspent stimulus money that …


Leading the Way

Affordable Housing Finance   February 1, 2010 Supportive housing arrives in Milwaukee   From Affordable Housing Finance :   MILWAUKEE–Prairie Apartments signals a new way of providing housing in the city. The 24-unit development is one of the first permanent supportive-housing projects in Milwaukee. Developed by Heartland Housing, Inc., of Chicago and The Guest House of Milwaukee, the …


Panel Aims to Free Illinoisans from Poverty

Illinois Issues   November 30, 2009 Illinois has embarked upon an ambitious plan to dramatically cut poverty rates in the state. Leading the charge is the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, a panel created by the General Assembly last year.   From Illinois Issues: The new millennium has not been kind to many Illinois families who …


Poverty Rate up in Champaign County, Down in Vermilion

Champaign News Gazette   November 19, 2009 Poverty rates for many counties in East Central Illinois were up in 2008, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.   From Champaign News Gazette:   CHAMPAIGN – Poverty rates for many counties in East Central Illinois were up in 2008, according to data released Wednesday by …


Affordable Option for Seniors

  Chicago Sun-Times   October 29, 2009 Apartment leasing with affordable rents is under way at Montclare Senior Residences of Avalon Park on the South Side.   From Chicago Sun-Times: Apartment leasing with affordable rents is under way at Montclare Senior Residences of Avalon Park on the South Side. The new rental development was designed for older …


Refugee Teens Make Film about Their Confrontations with Violence in Chicago

Chicago Tribune   October 23, 2009 They left violence-riddled countries like the Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sudan, only to move to neighborhoods in Chicago that were also beset with violence.   From Chicago Tribune:  They left violence-riddled countries like the Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sudan, only to move to neighborhoods in Chicago that were also …


U.S. Rejects Call for Immigration Detention Rules

U.S. Rejects Call for Immigration Detention Rules New York Times   July 28, 2009 The Obama administration has refused to make legally enforceable rules for immigration detention, rejecting a federal court petition by former detainees and their advocates. The decision disappointed and angered immigration advocacy organizations around the country.   From New York Times: The Obama administration …


Childcare Cuts Threaten Area’s Working Poor

Chi-Town Daily News   June 23, 2009 Statewide budget cuts threaten to leave as many as 150,000 Chicago area children without the daycare subsidies that allow their low-income parents to work, advocates say.   From Chi-Town Daily News: Statewide budget cuts threaten to leave as many as 150,000 Chicago area children without the daycare subsidies that allow their low-income …


The Human Face of the Budget Cuts

The Human Face of the Budget Cuts Progress Illinois   June 4, 2009 At the end of June, Illinois’ current fiscal year will run out. And that’s a frightening prospect for non-profits and other state agencies who still aren’t certain what sort of funding they’ll receive   From Progress Illinois: At the end of June, Illinois’ current …


Springfield Must Do the Right Thing

Progress Illinois   May 22, 2009 It is time for our leaders to do the right thing and vote for the revenues needed to maintain the state’s crucial services.   From Progress Illinois: The clock is ticking down towards the end of the General Assembly session. It is time for our leaders to do the right thing and …


Viceroy Development Offers a Hand Up

Viceroy Development Offers a Hand Up Chicago Tribune   May 13, 2009 One-time magnet for dysfunction and crime sees a future as a stepping stone to move up and out   From Chicago Tribune: What Barbara Almond wants more than anything is a home — somewhere that would give her a sense of security and keep her …


Numbers Show Improvement, but Poverty Still Growing Here

Numbers Show Improvement, but Poverty Still Growing Here Galesburg Register-Mail   May 5, 2009 Despite slight improvements in graduation and teen pregnancy rates, poverty continues to grow here.That mixed bag was the prognosis for Knox County in The Heartland Alliance’s annual poverty report, released last week.   From Galesburg Register-Mail: Despite slight improvements in graduation and teen …


Study: Recession Pushing Illinoisans into Poverty

Study: Recession Pushing Illinoisans into Poverty Chicago Tribune   April 30, 2009 The recession likely has pushed hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans into poverty, according to a Heartland Alliance study released Thursday.   From Chicago Tribune: The recession likely has pushed hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans into poverty, according to a study released Thursday, and two leading …


State Sees Rise in Poverty

Peoria Journal-Star   April 30, 2009 The 2009 Report on Illinois Poverty released Thursday reveals signs of increasing poverty throughout the state.   From Peoria Journal-Star: It’s not bad luck that’s keeping this Peoria resident from the work force. He is a product of his environment – of an expanding number of Americans pushed into poverty as …


Report Predicts More Suburbanites Will Fall into Poverty

Daily Herald   April 30, 2009 According to Heartland Alliance’s report, more than 253,000 people in the city and suburbs, including 87,000 children, could fall into poverty as a result of the current recession.   From Daily Herald: Mary Ellen Durbin said there’s an easy way to see how the recession has affected people in the suburbs …


Quarter-million Chicagoans on Brink of Poverty: Study

Crain’s Chicago Business   April 30, 2009 Chicago’s poor population could grow by 253,000 if the nation’s unemployment rate reaches 9% this year.   From Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago’s poor population could grow by 253,000 if the nation’s unemployment rate reaches 9% this year. At the same time, the number of Illinois residents pushed into poverty could …


Middle Class Struggling for American Dream

Chicago Sun-Times   March 30, 2009 Stagnating wages and higher costs for health care, housing and college leave many struggling for American Dream   From Chicago Sun-Times: In Chicago, the Heartland Alliance estimated recently that it would take a family of four nearly $50,000 annually just to pay for bare essentials like food, housing and health care …


Use Break to Learn about Homelessness

Use Break to Learn about Homelessness Northwest Herald   March 3, 2009 If you are one of the “unlucky” staying behind this spring break, I have a worthwhile read for you: the executive summary of “McHenry County: A Place to Call Home, A Call to Action.” It talks about our poverty problem in McHenry County and how …


Coping with the Bleak Job Market

  WBEZ   February 24, 2009 Amy Rynell, director of the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty, answers listener calls and emails on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight program.   From WBEZ: Amy Rynell, director of the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty, answers listener calls and emails on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight program. Rynell offers tips for …


Medical Service Helps Homeless

Lake County News Sun   December 20, 2008 Heartland Alliance works with the suburban PADS shelter to provide health care for people experiencing homelessness.   From Lake County News Sun: The number of PADS clients making use of the Healthcare for the Homeless program has exceeded expectations, according to Angela Trotta, a grants specialist with the Health …


Report Shows Central Illinois Losing Economic Ground; Some Groups Question Accuracy of Sample

Decatur Herald & Review   December 9, 2008 The first demographic portrait of smaller-sized counties and cities since Census 2000 shows that Central Illinois was losing ground economically even before the current downturn.   From Decatur Herald & Review: The first demographic portrait of smaller-sized counties and cities since Census 2000 shows that Central Illinois was losing …


Weak Economy May Increase Poverty

Weak Economy May Increase Poverty ABC-7 News   October 17, 2008 The weak economy could send more people in Illinois into poverty according to a report released Friday by the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty.   From ABC-7 News: Read More »


When It Rains, It Pours for the Poor

When It Rains, It Pours for the Poor Illinois Times   October 23, 2008 Contrary to the belief of many in our society, poverty is not the result of laziness. Rather, a study published recently by the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty finds that disability, job loss, earnings decline, having children, not finishing high school and …


Seeking a Home Away from Homophobia

Boston Globe   October 14, 2008 Offering a haven for gays and lesbians is an emerging field of law in the United States and around the world, lawyers and advocates say, awakening foreigners to the option to live in the United States that was previously unknown. But the practice is raising concerns, as critics cite the potential …


More Homeowners Reach Tipping Point on Housing Costs, Study Shows

Chicago Tribune   September 23, 2008 More residents spending more than 35% of income on homes   From Chicago Tribune: Soaring numbers of Chicago-area homeowners are stretched to the limit to pay their mortgages and other housing costs, newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.  Spending 35 percent of monthly gross income on housing is …


More Lake County Residents Fall into Poverty

Libertyville Review   September 8, 2008 An estimated 42,197 Lake County residents were living below the poverty line in 2007 and most experts expect those numbers to increase this year. Lake County’s poverty rate jumped to 6.1 percent in 2007, up from 5.6 percent in 2006, according to just released Census data, compiled in a report by …


Costs of Health Care Leave More in Limbo

  Green Bay Gazette   September 7, 2008 Nationally, the number of people without health insurance jumped 5 percent from 2005 to 2006 and 22 percent since 2000, according to data released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of uninsured in Wisconsin has remained basically unchanged for the period, largely because the availability of …


U.S. Median Household Income Increases Modestly, Census Figures Show

Chicago Tribune August 27, 2008 America’s poverty rate remained flat, but the median household income reached $50,233 in 2007, a modest increase of 1.3 percent from 2006 after adjusting for inflation, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. From Chicago Tribune: Read More »


Thousands More in West Michigan Hit ‘Extreme Poverty’ as State Woes Continue

Thousands More in West Michigan Hit ‘Extreme Poverty’ as State Woes Continue Grand Rapids Press   August 27, 2008 More people in West Michigan are bottoming out. The U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of Grand Rapids residents in extreme poverty — at $10,325 or less for a family of four and half the federal poverty line …


The Politics of Poverty

The Politics of Poverty Chicago Public Radio   August 27, 2008 Between 2006 and 2007, the average household income rose, levels of poverty remained essentially unchanged, and more people got health insurance. But viewed long-term, that data doesn’t shine so bright.   From Chicago Public Radio: Read More »


Incomes Rise in Michigan, but More in Poverty

Kalamazoo Gazette   August 16, 2008 Poverty rose and incomes fell in Michigan last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday, providing further evidence of the economic downturn gripping the state.   From Kalamazoo Gazette: Read More »


Students Serve the Community through Heartland Alliance

Feinberg School of Medicine   August 8, 2008 The skills and privileges physicians acquire as they learn and practice medicine put them in a unique position in society. They are allowed to hear the most intimate details of the lives of people they may have just met. Physicians are welcomed around the world when they volunteer their …


States Adopt Bold Anti-poverty Measures

Stateline   August 7, 2008 As the economy falters and the ranks of the poor multiply, states for the first time in recent memory are mounting high-profile, comprehensive campaigns aimed at radically reducing poverty — many with an emphasis on children.   From Stateline: Read More »


New Hope for the Homeless

Peoria Journal Star   June 28, 2008 When living on the streets, the most people can bear to think about is where their next meal and bed will come from. And that seemingly simple task becomes more of a challenge if someone suffers from a mental or physical illness.   From Peoria Journal Star: Read More »


Psychological Trauma in Iraqi Kurdistan

Chicago Public Radio   June 4, 2008 Heartland Alliance’s Mary Fabri, director of torture treatment services and international training, discusses the creation of the first trauma rehabilitation and training center in Iraqi Kurdistan.   From Chicago Public Radio: Read More »