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End of Federal Eviction Moratorium Brings Fears of More Homelessness

Aug 30, 2021
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A group of homeless intake specialists all co-signed a letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds this month, asking her to uphold an eviction moratorium in Iowa. They said they were not surprised the U.S. Supreme Court ended the federal eviction moratorium. Now they fear homelessness could skyrocket in the state.

Rich Egger

Karen Terry graduated from Rushville High School and Western Illinois University before leaving the area to work and volunteer for social service agencies in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Now she is back in Macomb to serve as the Community Re-Housing Navigator for Genesis Garden.


This school year, schools identified around 420,000 fewer homeless students than last year. That would normally be a hopeful sign, but not during the pandemic. Advocates say there aren't fewer students experiencing homelessness. It's just that schools can't find them.

Commentary: Sleeping Out for the Homeless

Oct 28, 2020

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Samaritan Well, a homeless shelter in Macomb, to help organize their first annual Sleep Out for the Homeless fundraiser. The premise of a sleep out is to spend a night away from home - ideally outside - to raise awareness and funds for those in our communities who have no home to return to.

Rich Egger

Homeless families in Macomb will have a place to turn to without the worry of having to split up. Genesis Garden just completed renovations on the house at 307 East Carroll Street and plans to welcome the first families by the end of January. 

Commentary: Homelessness in Rural Communities

Nov 20, 2019

At the beginning of this semester, the Western Illinois University Marketing Club was contacted by Samaritan Well, the homeless shelter in Macomb, and they asked if we would be interested in helping them put together a fundraiser to raise money and, more importantly, awareness for their organization. I gladly agreed and took up leadership in the project. We decided to make the event a sleep-out, as there is a national sleep-out movement to raise awareness for homelessness during the month of November. The concept of a sleep-out is to spend a night away from home – ideally, sleeping outdoors – to raise awareness for the struggles of those who do not have a home to go to.

Struggling for Housing

Apr 1, 2019

In the course of reporting my previous story on the gap between wages and the cost of housing, I spent time following a case manager with the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless.

During that time, I met several people who shared their stories of how they struggled to find housing and how the coalition has helped them.

Every person who is homeless has their own story. But the two below are examples of common reasons for homelessness -- living on a fixed income and finding housing after being released from prison.

Donna: Living on Disability


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates there were roughly 40,000 homeless veterans across the country in 2016. A new tri states organization believes the construction of tiny homes could help reduce that number.

Illinois groups that help homeless youths recently asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to support legislation releasing money state money to them. They had hoped he would supporting funding they say they need to continue operating, but they said Rauner turned them down.

No Place to Call Home

Dec 20, 2015
David Wilson

A quieter, harder-to-detect problem than its urban counterpart, rural homelessness nonetheless leaves its mark on people and communities.

Photo courtesy of Western Illinois University

Macomb's annual Heritage Days festival is right around the corner and will offer an opportunity to help those in need. The John Bliven Memorial Walk/Run is in its 15th year and is hosted by Samaritan Well, a local non-profit organization that provides shelter for men, women, and children in need.

Marie Blome
Genesis Garden

The homeless shelter known as PADS has been operating out of Bushnell’s Christian Community Center on Friday nights for a little more than a month. The shelter is already looking for additional host sites.