The Majority Report 11/11/19 - Senate committee hears of supportive housing needs


Senate committee hears of supportive housing needs

Senate committee

CHICAGO - In an effort to make supportive housing for people with developmental disabilities more accessible throughout the state, the Senate Human Services Committee – led by State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) – met with advocates to brainstorm ideas to improve Illinois’ affordable and integrated housing opportunities.

“We want to make sure that everyone who lives in our state has the best opportunities we can possibly provide,” said Senator Fine. “We need to find a way to allow people with disabilities to live in their own homes by providing the in-home support services they need to live happy, independent lives.”

Senator Fine and the Senate Human Services Committee were joined by members of the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Human Services last week to hear subject matter about supportive housing for people with disabilities.

The group also heard from Vincent Smith, a 28-year-old self-advocate who successfully lives on his own in Chicago. When Smith’s mother died and he was faced with choosing where to live, Smith said he knew he wanted to remain in a community among his non-disabled peers. Continue reading.


Lightford learns about mentoring program at Proviso West

Sen. Majority Leader Lightford

MAYWOOD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) visited the West 40’s Proviso Alternative Learning Opportunity Programs (ALOPs) last week. West 40 works with local schools to provide learning opportunities to students in need of extra support.

“The students participating in these programs are incredible, and I am so humbled to have the opportunity to listen to their stories,” Lightford said. “Programs like these change the lives of our children every day, and I applaud the work West 40 and local Proviso schools do for our community.”

West 40 runs five ALOPs serving Proviso Township named HOPE, DREAM, PEACE, Seniors Plus, and the Truants Alternative and Optional Education Program.

An ALOP is a state funded, school-centered, mentoring program designed to provide general education students with an opportunity to achieve academic success, learn social and emotional practices and develop interpersonal skills. Continue reading.


Honoring those who served our nation

Veterans DaySPRINGFIELD – November 11 is observed in the United States as Veterans Day to honor those who have served in the armed forces.

The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus proudly includes a number of members who served in the military.

Ahead of the holiday, senators took a few moments on the Senate floor to thank their fellow veterans and reflect on their own experiences while serving. Continue reading.




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