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Long waits at youth shelters

Homeless teens are well served by programs set up to help them — when they can get in.

A report by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to be released tomorrow has found that 87 percent of youth exiting homelessness programs this year were able to move into safe, stable housing.  But it often takes months to get into such programs, said Anne Bowhay of CCH.

The study found that because of limited capacity, programs have to turn away more teens than they can accept, she said.

At a press conference releasing the study, several young Chicagoans will speak about their experiences being homeless and getting help, often after long waits, Bowhay said.  Young clients and staff members from programs in Chicago and the suburbs will also be available for comment, along with State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)

The press conference is scheduled for Thursday, December 20 at 10 a.m. in the press room on the 15th floor of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph.

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