I received an email today from Doug Schenkelberg, Associate Director of Policy for the Mid-America Institute on Poverty of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights announcing the release of their latest report -- Not Even a Place in Line - 2007 - Public Housing & Housing Choice Voucher Capacity and Waiting Lists in Illinois.
The report reveals that Illinois continues to face an affordable housing crisis where too many families have no opportunity to access the safe, decent and affordable housing they need. Continuing declines in funding levels for housing assistance programs, combined with new rules affecting the funding and flexibility of local public housing authorities have resulted in long waiting lists and thousands of eligible Illinois families unable to get needed housing assistance. In more than half of Illinois communities where the housing choice voucher program operates, families seeking rental assistance cannot even get in line to receive future vouchers because waiting lists are closed. For every public housing unit, there are two families in need.