Chicago’s Homeless Population Continues to Decrease

By David Miotto and Marina Naseem

 

Founded in 1985 by the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Park Community Services has been serving the homeless population in Chicago for over three decades. This location, 600 W Fullerton Pkwy in Chicago, has seen the homeless population dwindle over the last few years.

Despite the many challenges different shelters may endure, many residents volunteer year after year in support of Lincoln Park Community Services. Volunteer coordinator, Emma Jones of LPCS states, “Our mission is that we bring communities together to empower people to make sustainable life changes, we’re a community organization that wants to make our guests feel like they are part of the Lincoln Park community”.

“We have around 2,000 annual volunteers, and the majority of those people live in Lincoln Park, we want them to feel like they are part of the community, doing more than just providing funds and signing  checks, we want them to be actively engaged at least once a year” Jones said. “We want them to get to know the clients that we serve on a deeper level, get to know their unique stories, eat dinner with our guests, work on resumes, just be very community based in all aspects.”

Community outreach and engagement has helped this shelter continue its mission more than 30 years. Besides providing the shelter with generous donations and funding, community input goes beyond that. Without the help of all these volunteers, the homeless population would not get the same benefits and support they need.

Lincoln Park Community Services hopes that with its expansion within the next few months to a new location in Old Town at 1521 N. Sedgwick St., it can be of even greater help to those in need.

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University of Illinois 2018-19 Statistics

Below you will find an infograph about statistics of University of Illinois at Chicago. There is a detailed description of the infograph also available.

University of Illinois at Chicago Data

As shown in the image above, there are many unique demographics and statistical facts that the University of Illinois at Chicago displays. For starters, the university has a population of over 31,000 students. This makes it the first largest University in Chicago and the third largest University in Illinois. Of those 31,000, 85% of the students consist of commuters. However, since Chicago is a very large city, many of these “commuters” could be students living in apartments right by campus.

The average tuition rate for 4 year universities in-state students is $12,598, while for out-of-state students is $13,607. As shown above, the tuition rate at UIC is $13,664 for in-state students and $26,520 for out-of-state students. There is clearly a very difference between UIC out-of-state students and all other 4 year universities in Illinois. This could account for the fact that UIC is in the city of Chicago while other colleges such as University of Illinois, Illinois State, and Bradley University are further out from the city.

Lastly, some demographics of UIC include that about 65% of full-time UIC students graduate within 8 years, the national average is just below 50%. Also, about 60% of UIC students are under 24. There are 50.3% females and 49.7% males at this school. Lastly, the most popular majors are within the business field such as: marketing, management, etc.

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Pat Quinn Photo
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetarry Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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