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History of our Public Policy Work

2003 – The Night Ministry successfully advocated the passage of a “Partial Emancipation” bill giving 16 & 17 year olds the ability to enter themselves into transitional housing programs for up to two years.

2004 – We serve on a task force that advocated for laws which allowed homeless youth ages 16 and 17 to become “partially emancipated” in order to receive housing in a transitional living program for homeless youth.

2004-2005 – Melissa Maguire and Carole Mills participate with the Illinois Department of Human Services Task Force to create standards of care for homeless youth providers receiving funding from the State of Illinois (IDHS).

2010 – President Paul Hamann and Heather Bradley begin work with the United States Department of Health and Human Services to create an evaluation of the youth street outreach program funded by HHS's Family and Youth Service Bureau. The Night Ministry is one of 11 programs nationwide to participate in the plan.

2010 – Following a meeting between Mayor Richard Daley and members of H.E.L.L.O., the Mayor announces the creation of the City of Chicago Task Force on Homeless Youth. The task force, housed in the Department of Family and Support Services, released its first set of recommendations in July 2011 and is instrumental in advocating for the creation of The Crib.




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