Tuesday, December 23, 2008

City's "vital signs" are worsening, officials say

Chi-Town Daily News:
The pulse of the Chicago public service community is weakening at a time when demands on food, energy assistance and emergency housing are increasing.

That's the message from a new report out from the Chicago Community Trust measuring the increase in the demand for human services as a result of the recession.

The report measures six indicators of human impact - food pantry visits, food stamp utilization, foreclosures, calls to the homeless prevention hotline, unemployment and mass layoffs - and all six show a drastic increase from where they were a year ago.

"It means they have to scrap for resources that they didn't think they would have to scrap for," says Jim Lewis, the Trust's senior program officer.

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