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Michele Hays
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Back On Their Feet, Evanston IL

This group helps connect Evanstonians in need to existing resources.

Our goal is to raise awareness of homeless, transitional, and crisis resources in Evanston and to offer resources and support as available. Priority is given to residents living inside the boundaries of Evanston and the Evanston school districts, though it is possible to ask an administrator to request an exception.


Over 400 students in Evanston are listed as homeless under McKinney-Vento, while 6% (4,500 Evanstonians) are at risk for homelessness. 3,300 affordable housing units were lost between 2004-2013; 76.7% of all Evanston low- to moderate-income households are housing cost burdened and 13.4% of Evanston residents live below the poverty line. We have the resources in Evanston to solve these problems; this is a place to start. See https://www.ilcma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/State-of-Housing-Supply-in-Illinois.pdf

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I think we have the opposite problem: I think too many people are ready to talk about autistic people as violent, raving lunatics who should be locked up. http://www.ageofautism.com/2015/09/dark-cloud-over-sunnyvale-ca-neighbors-suing-family-with-autistic-child-as-public-nuisance-.html

Autistic people are neither angels nor devils, but human beings with real needs.  As you say, let's treat them as such. And shame on those neighbors in California.
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Wow, this was 3 1/2 years ago!  Hard to believe!
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