For Englewood seniors, the struggle is real but so are the friendships
by Rebekah Frumkin and Carlos D. Williamson For Roger Shannon, finding an affordable place to live was never a problem. His job as a social worker allowed him to live modestly but comfortably. When he first moved into senior citizen community housing 12 years ago, he continued to work, and paid for rent and food […]
Gov. Rauner Proposes Nearly $200 Million in Budget Cuts for Community Care Program
By Shen Wu Tan Gov. Rauner’s second budget proposed to cut nearly $200 million from the Community Care Program, which provides homecare services for seniors. If passed, these budget cuts would impact approximately 44,000 seniors according to the Service Employees International Union Healthcare. “The Community Care program is a trusted program that has kept seniors […]
Supporters of Independent Living Call for Legislation to Protect Home Services and Discourage Institutionalization
By Shen Wu Tan A proposed bill that safeguards Illinois home care services passed the House Human Services Committee on Wednesday. The bill, HB 4351, sponsored by state Rep. Greg Harris (D-13), would prevent Gov. Bruce Rauner from increasing the eligibility score for community-based services until a new assessment tool is developed. HB 4351 also […]
Seniors still feel impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Marisa Endicott Imam Dawud Yemani remembers exactly where he was when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. He was in the Booker T. Washington community center in Erie, Pennsylvania, when a girl came running down the stairs shouting that Dr. King had been shot. “I had a lot of bitterness in me against the […]