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Since everyone needs a place to live, ensuring that people with records have access to stable housing is not merely equitable, but also a matter of common sense.

This spring, the Shriver Center championed a legislative agenda in Illinois designed to support low-wage workers, expand access to health coverage, and secure stable housing so that all Illinoisans can thrive. 

Now in its ninth year, this groundbreaking program equips anti-poverty advocates with tools to advance racial equity.

Illinois became the first state in the nation to provide Medicaid-like coverage to low-income seniors over the age of 65. Today Illinois builds upon this legacy by expanding coverage to low-income adults ages 55 through 64.

The need for paid family and medical need has only become more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We must remove barriers that limit people's ability to make those choices and to address the legacy of racism that is embedded in our country's housing policies.

Long-term care is a vital service that should be available to all Illinoisans.

Source of income discrimination disproportionately affects people of color, women, and people with disabilities.

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