The city of St. Louis today marked the halfway point in its ten-year effort to end chronic homelessness.
A five-year report released today shows a 20 percent drop in the city's chronically homeless since 2005.
Chronic homelessness is defined as those homeless for a year or more or four times over a three-year period.
The report also states that the overall homeless population also decreased, from about 1,500 in 2005 to about 1,300 last year.
Asking "what if?" is usually pretty benign, but when a new report asks the same question, the answers are about preparedness for disasters, diseases and bioterrorism.
Illinois scores a 6 out of 10 on the Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report. The score is unchanged from last year's study.
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