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Community Advocacy

Bridge Communities in the Community

Bridge Communities proactively works with local and statewide community advocates on issues relating to homelessness and affordable housing to create solutions to the issues faced by extremely low, low and moderate income residents.

Partnerships include:

  • Founding member of the DuPage County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) which is comprised of 58 countywide organizations working together to create solutions to the issues faced by extremely low to low income residents and to maintain a seamless network of community resources for DuPage County homeless population.
  • DuPage County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) committee involvement includes: Needs Assessment Committee, One Night Street Count Committee and Governance Committee.
  • Board membership with Housing Action Illinois which works to educate policy makers and build affordable housing inventory at the local, state and national levels.

Take Action in Your Community

  • Go to Housing Action Illinois, www.housingactionil.org, to learn more about how you can help homeless families in Illinois.

  • Go to Mid-American Institute on Poverty of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, www.heartlandalliance.org, to learn about poverty and homelessness in DuPage and other collar counties.



Proposed Initiatives for State Action on Affordable Housing as Presented by Housing Action Illinois

Non-Profit Rental of condos and Townhouses Protect the ability of non-profit organizations with federal tax-exempt charitable status to rent condos and/or townhouses that they own in order to provide affordable housing.
Protection for Renters in Foreclosed Buildings  Provide additional notice to renters in buildings where foreclosure had been filed and/or completed.  Require that rent be accepted and properties be maintained during and after completion of foreclosure.  Provide additional protections and time for renters facing eviction.
Enhance Municipal Authority to Address Foreclosures Enhance municipal authority to address the foreclosure crisis by providing municipalities with tools to mitigate the impact of abandoned properties on their communities. 
Homeless Service Provider Funding Advocate for $12.4 million in funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for FY10.  A 3% cut in FY09 left funding at $9.1 million.