New Face of Homelessness

According to Census data from 2010, the poverty rate in DuPage County has gone up about three-percent since 2000.

And with the housing bubble collapse in recent years, many families have faced home foreclosure and have been put on the street.

The Third Annual “New Face of Homelessness” Symposium was recently held at College of DuPage, and tried to shine a light on homeless families by providing tools and resources to help.

Jill Markussen helped create the event. She and her family have battled homelessness since 2007, but received help and are trying to pay it forward.

“Organizations, churches and schools – so many people have surrounded us and just embraced us,” said Markussen. “It makes you stop and think, ‘What about the people that don’t have that?’”

It’s Markussen’s hope that informing people of who the homeless now are will encourage them to help.

The event was presented by Bridge Communities, a Glen Ellyn group that provides transitional housing, and Markussen’s Project Flipmode website (www.projectflipmode.org), which collects donations for the homeless.

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