Facing Homelessness

As I prepare for homelessness -  as all assistance funds are frozen due to the budget impasse.

Please share where you can - Trying to get help in Illinois is pointless, as most agencies do not answer, or are temporarily closed,  there is nothing but a run-around and no answers from DHS or any other government agency.

I own my own mobile home in a small mobile home park, have lived here for two years, then had a recent change in income so we have gotten behing the last 2 and a half months, now, facing an eviction notice I recently received, I have come to realize just how the Illinois budget impasse has effected our lives.

I have a 2 and 3 year old and yesterday, according to United Way , since most agencies rely on the funds that have been frozen due to the impasse, I have run out of options so I need to prepare to lose my  home that I own for a lousy $680 in back lot rent, because apparently, Illinois does not have $680. Not to mention our power is going to be shut off due to the impasse and LIHEAP (energy assistance) funds being frozen. All together, we have a $540 gas bill, they already shut us off, and our electric is $180, which will  be shut off any day as well.

This has been an eye-opening  nightmare, I have been calling every agency in the State, those that do answer, have no clue what to do as the funding is not available or try to pass me on to someone else who is even less help, but most don't even answer, including the ever-worthless DHS "help line" at 800-843-6154, the number they give if you need help.. I have been calling every day for a week now, never get a person, no answer, and you cant even leave a message.

I am at a loss -  something has to be done with this situation in Illinois. Someone has to look into what has gone wrong here. I have never gotten rental assistance in my life , yet am treated like I have no options, what is it all for?

Our federal government created a homeless prevention program that is useless as far as I am concerned. Please let me know of anyone that can help us,  as I have exhausted all attempts here in Iroquois county, (and in Illinois for that matter) , who does not even have a DHS or SS office (closed in the last few years) , the government has literally abandoned us here...

Thank you for your time, and please help if you can.


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