Our Impact

Over our 50-year history, the Shriver Center has secured hundreds of law and policy victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois. Building on these wins and our comprehensive view of poverty, we connect and train lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide to advance opportunity--for all, not just some.

Unfair background screening practices create barriers to housing.

Collection of debt based on unproven overpayments deprives needy people of critical support.

The fight for racial and economic justice takes commitment from everyone—no one can stand on the sidelines anymore.

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act entitles employees to up 40 hours of paid leave each year.

Shriver Center participates in White House meeting with tenant leaders, advocates, and providers.

Watch a Conversation with Chicago Historian, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas

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. 

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