Connections for the Homeless is on the hunt for artwork to raise awareness about the lack of affordable housing on the North Shore and the resulting increase in the number of people who are homeless or unstably housed. And for that, Connections is turning to local teens for help.

“Last August, Connections launched its ‘Love Don’t Pay the Rent’ campaign to raise awareness. Because that campaign generated so much conversation, we’ve decided to make it an annual effort,” said Betty Bogg, Connections’ Executive Director.

The contest is open to students, grades 9-12, from Evanston Township High School, Beacon Academy, Loyola Academy, North Shore Country Day School, Roycemore School, and New Trier High School. Artwork submissions are due May 1, and three winners will be announced later that month.

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