Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor in the NIU College of Law, wrote an op-ed July 23 for the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The human face of proposed budget cuts” comes in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts, one of which calls for a reduction of $12.7 million for homeless services.
“A recent day was normal for ‘Frank,’ as ‘normal’ goes for him. Frank is homeless and suffers from mental illness,” Boraca’s piece begins.
“He lives in Aurora at Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. Every year, Hesed House, through its staff and 6,000 volunteers, serves approximately 1,000 individuals, including 188 children. On this particular morning, Frank met with his substance abuse counselor, who has been helping him maintain sobriety for three months. Next, he spent time with his case manager, who is connecting him with community social services. He then had a session with his regular mental health counselor.”
Boraca, who supervises and teaches at the NIU College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, joined the university in March of 2014.