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Illinois Legislators must address homelessness, housing in coronavirus response

In order to effectively address coronavirus in Illinois, we must address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness and facing housing instability. Illinois legislators at the federal, state and local levels must take immediate action to provide for the hundreds of thousands of residents in these circumstances.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it clearer than ever housing is health care — and the health of each individual is linked to the health of everyone else in our communities. This public health emergency has upended life throughout our state for everyone, but people without homes or in unstable housing situations are at extreme risk of contracting the virus. How do you stay home when you’re homeless? How do you practice social distancing when you’re living in close quarters with others? What if you can’t work because of the pandemic — but can’t pay rent without your paycheck?

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