Even before the recession, 2.2 million Chicago area residents were struggling in or near poverty, having difficulty finding jobs after getting laid off, experiencing homelessness after losing their house, being held back by low education levels, and finding it next to impossible to save for a brighter future. The traditional stepping stones to a better life -- gainful employment, quality education, stable and decent housing, access to health care and proper nutrition, and opportunities to build assets -- have always been out of reach for some, not just in these difficult economic times. As discussions continue on the best way to help the nation weather and emerge from the recession, the focus must be on meaningful policy changes that truly lift all boats and make us collectively a much stronger nation. If solutions do not specificallyaddress the needs of those whose lives and hardships are refected in this report, millions will be left behind, and we will all be left weaker and more vulnerable.
Mid-America Institute on Poverty of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
Copyright 2009 Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty.
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