Dupage County, IL– To help ease the ongoing needs of Illinoisans created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded 360 Youth Services a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s latest round of giving aimed at helping the helpers.
COVID-19 has This grant will support our housing programs for young people aged 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Specifically, it will provide essential support for our transitional housing program for LGTBQ+ youth – one of only two in Illinois – and our new Youth Emergency Shelter launched this year in response to a huge increase in youth homelessness brought on by COVID-19.
BCBSIL selected 175 organizations across Illinois with missions focused on access to care, hunger, shelter and behavioral health care, and COVID-19 health education and vaccine access to receive $20,000 grants as part of its COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund.
“A year into the pandemic and the health, economic and social impacts around Illinois are still great,” said Harmony Harrington, vice-president government and community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “We’re proud to be able to help so many organizations increase their capacity to help more people receive the help they need.”
See the full list of grantees.
About 360 Youth Services
360 Youth Services provides affordable mental health counseling, substance use prevention education, crisis intervention services for at-risk youth, community education and advocacy for vulnerable and marginalized youth, and safe, developmentally appropriate housing for youth experiencing homelessness.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is dedicated to innovation and exploring, nurturing and activating future possibilities to make the health care system work better for our members and our communities.