These critical steps must be taken immediately to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable and at-risk populations.
March 24, 2020
More than ever, we need to advocate for systemic change that ensures healthcare, paid sick time, access to secure shelter/housing, and support for the justice-involved.
Today, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law sent a letter to City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recommending top priority strategies to ensure that all Chicago residents remain healthy and safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our clients live in predominately disinvested communities, and have been long-time victims of discriminatory policies and practices that limited their opportunities and well-being even in the best of times. It is important to note that before COVID-19 many Black and Brown communities faced over-criminalization and policing; City Officials must be diligent to ensure that public health orders are not used to further criminalize and surveil marginalized communities.
Among our recommendations, we urge Mayor Lightfoot to:
These critical steps must be taken immediately to ensure the well-being of our most vulnerable and at-risk populations. We stand ready to help our communities and Chicago in any way we can.
Shelter is not only a basic human need, it is also critical to people’s ability to pursue and attain economic stability.
Healthcare is a human right. The high cost of care means millions of families have no access to the critical care all human beings deserve.