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Carbondale Town Hall meeting held on effects of state budget impasse

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Dozens attended a panel discussion at the Carbondale Library on Tuesday, Oct. 27 on how the state budget impasse is affecting social and community services in southern Illinois.

This is the third part of a community forum series on the challenges of poverty in Carbondale.

Representatives from the Carbondale Good Samaritan House shelter and food pantry, Centerstone, Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless and the Responsible Budget Commission attended.

“We are facing a situation we have never faced before, in terms of social services and southern Illinois is a poverty zone already," Marleen Shepherd, spokesperson and coordinator of the Sparrow Coalition, said. "So this truly is a crisis.”

These groups provide behavioral health services, housing and food for the homeless, and are advocating for a state budget.

“Already we’re suffering over cuts that have happened over cuts that have happened over the last few years as social services have been whittled down in the state," Shepherd said. "So, this comes as a particularly hard blow to vulnerable populations and the reality is that we will see the we will continue to see the effects of this for a long time.”

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry moderated the event along with Peter Lemish, an journalism instructor at SIU Carbondale.

The event was organized by the Sparrow Coalition, Imagining Geographies Initiative, Civic Soul and the Carbondale Public Library.

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