Social service program struggling to stay afloat amid budget battle

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of social service programs are being impacted by the state budget stalemate. One of those programs is now 20 years old and is in danger of being shut down without the funds.

Shelter Inc. is among hundreds of social service programs affected by the state budget stalemate. The state comptroller says Illinois is behind on more than $7 billion worth of bills.

Ten months since a payment from the state, the “Healthy Families” program, which for nearly 20 years has taught at-risk new parents the skills they need to build a better family, is in trouble.

The program teaches skills that keep children from falling into abusive situations. For years, the program has gotten roughly $30,000 a month from the state. It funds nine staff members and the 90 families in the program right now in the northwest suburbs.

Shelter Inc. has set up a GoFundMe page to try to keep the Healthy Families initiative going.


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