Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Friday, October 22

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Homelessness is on the rise here and across the country, but the City has a new plan that aims to get more people off the streets than previous schemes. Chicago is putting weight behind a "housing first" initiative, encouraging homeless advocacy and support groups to provide a place to live before helping homeless people with their other issues. Starting next year the city will provide funding only to shelters that comply with this program. In the meantime, the Homelessness Prevention Fund gives families who are in danger of losing their homes small amounts (an average of $450) to help make ends meet.

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