Community Planning Publications
The Federation provides information about health and human services needs on a regular basis. However, a series of special reports that focus on, and provide substantial detail about, specific topics has also been developed.
Sponsored by the DuPage Funders' Collaboration with specific contributions from the United Way of DuPage/West Cook, the Community Memorial Foundation, DuPage County, the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, and the DuPage Community Foundation.
There has been an abundance of reserch done on early childhood on a national and state level, but it has not been drilled down to the county level. This report does just that. It provides a baseline of where early childhood stands today in DuPage County.
'New Neighbors . . .' offers data, analysis, and recommendations about the changing suburbs and the disparities in education, prosperity, and health outcomes that are associated with this change and why suburban communities are particularly challenged in addressing these local issues.
'A Profile of DuPage County Immigrants' provides facts about the needs of immigrants in DuPage County; describes existing and potential resources devoted to this issue; identifies gaps where the available resources are inadequate to meet the needs; and makes recommendations to decision makers on approaches to better address this issue.
Mental Illnesses are common and can impact anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or income. The cost of mental illness is high and includes healthcare costs, societal costs and productivity losses. There have been strides made to improve health coverage for behavioral health needs; however, treatment gaps still exist and health coverage does not always mean access to care when an individual needs it.
DuPage County is experiencing a significant population change and new residents are increasingly likely to be members of minority groups, particularly Latinos, or international immigrants. In addition, many more low income persons are and will be living in DuPage County. These issues will be complicated by the aging of the baby boom generation. By 2030, the number of seniors will have increased by over 137%.
Low income households face limited and difficult choices. They are forced to make serious compromises, such as foregoing medical care, living in substandard housing, placing their children in unsafe child care situations, being undernourished, and so on.
'A Profile of Homelessness in DuPage County' provides facts about the needs of homeless persons in DuPage County and describes existing and potential resources devoted to this issue. In addition, it identifies gaps where the available resources are inadequate to meet needs, and makes recommendations to decision makers on approaches to better address this issue.
Over 160,000 persons with low or poverty level incomes lived in DuPage County in 2009 (17% of the population). This number is at an historic high in DuPage County and shows no sign of declining. Over 22% of the children in DuPage are growing up in low-income or poverty level homes. The impact of poverty on children has serious negative implications for their future lives and for the communities in which they are growing up.
Illinois law defines domestic violence as physical abuse, harassment, intimidations of a dependent, interference with personal liberty or willful deprivation. In the United States, more than three women are killed each day by an intimate partner and research indicates that approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rape, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police