Advocates for the homeless say that Illinois’ budget stalemate is preventing more than 100-million dollars, set aside for affordable housing, from being spent. According to Housing Action Illinois, an advocacy group, the money for such programs has already been allocated however cannot be used until after a budget has been approved by the state government. Homeless shelters across the state, along with more than 170-thousand Illinois residents, rely on programs supported by the funds.
As temperatures drop, organizations like Housing Action Illinois are urging lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner to allow the funds to be spent regardless of the budget stalemate. According to Bob Palmer, policy director for Housing Action Illinois, the funds for affordable housing programs are already set aside and would not add to Illinois’ budget deficit.