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Uncertain TIMES: State cuts jeopardize program for homeless men

By Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess -- On an average night last year, nearly 60 homeless men didn't have to sleep on the streets of Champaign-Urbana thanks to the TIMES Center.

But like so many other service providers in Illinois, the transitional housing program for homeless men, located near downtown Champaign, faces an uncertain future as a result of the state’s ongoing fiscal morass. In the state budget that took effect July 1, the TIMES Center, 70 E. Washington St., saw grant funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity slashed by a combined $95,000, officials said.

Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess -- The TIMES Center, a Champaign transitional shelter for homeless men, faces an uncertain future due to the state's on going monetary woes.

Audio: Volunteers count local homeless population

Every two years during the last week of January, communities across the country try to answer a difficult question: How many people are living without permanent shelter?

This point in time survey is the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s effort to determine the number of homeless people nationwide and understand more about their characteristics.

CU-CitizenAccess reporter Dan Petrella went along Thursday night on this year’s count in Champaign-Urbana.

This story was produced in cooperation with Illinois Public Media.

Acton Gorton/CU-CitizenAccess/Restoration Urban Ministries is one Champaign-Urbana's homeless shelters. It doesn't receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Podcast: Champaign-Urbana lacks sufficient shelter for homeless families

By Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess — Champaign-Urbana has shelters to house homeless men, women and children, but intact families can have difficulty finding a place that can accommodate them.

Acton Gorton/CU-CitizenAccess/Restoration Urban Ministries is one of the few housing options for homeless families but isn't designed for short-term, emergency housing.

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