Over 30 percent of Illinois human service agencies have had to reduce the number of clients they serve and reach into their cash reserves to continue operations during the state budget standstill, shows a new survey by the United Way of Illinois. Of the more than 400 Illinois human service agencies survyed, 19 percent said their cash reserves will run out by the end of this month.
Here are the key findings of the survey, conducted July 13 through July 17:
34% of Illinois human service agencies have already cut the number of clients they serve
Program categories hit particularly hard include childhood education and job training
39% of agencies responding have tapped into cash reserves to continue operations
Of those agencies using cash reserves 70% have 3 months of cash on hand or less
24% of agencies have tapped into lines of credit to shore up operations
19% of agencies will deplete their cash reserve by the end of August
"Human service organizations are the backbone of the delivery of state programs to needy citizens," United Way of Illinois Chairman Kristi Long said in a statement. "Our leaders in Springfield and the citizens of Illinois need to understand that the ongoing budget impasse is causing genuine disruption and hardship for people in Illinois who need services and for the agencies that deliver them."