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Once homeless, man is on his own with the right help

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Chris Hradisky

In October of 2010, Chris Hradisky's weight had dropped to 80 pounds, and he was in a hospital near death.

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In October of 2010, Chris Hradisky's weight had dropped to 80 pounds and he was in a hospital near death. With the help of his sister, a Lake County charity and a state program that provides home care, Hradisky now is living in his own apartment in Waukegan.

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Working to overcome mental illnesses and health problems, Chris Hradisky posts this list on the door of his apartment in Waukegan reminding him of things he must do while living on his own.

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Estranged from his sister Elizabeth for a decade, Chris Hradisky not only reunited with her, but she became the personal assistant whose help allowed him to move out of a nursing home and into his own cheaper apartment in Waukegan.

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Calling himself "a burden, albeit a cheaper burden" on taxpayers, Chris Hradisky thanks the Lake County Center for Independent Living for getting him out of nursing homes and into his more affordable apartment in Waukegan by using the state's Home Services Program.

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Once suicidal and homeless, Chris Hradisky says the state's Home Services Program and the Lake County Center for Independent Living have him living in his own apartment in Waukegan and eager to give back to society.

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Chris Hradisky in his apartment in Waukegan, with his sister and personal assistant, Elizabeth.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Estranged from his sister Elizabeth for a decade, Chris Hradisky not only reunited with her, but she became the personal assistant whose help allowed him to move out of a nursing home and into his own cheaper apartment in Waukegan.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Estranged from his sister Elizabeth for a decade, Chris Hradisky not only reunited with her, but she became the personal assistant whose help allowed him to move out of a nursing home and into his own cheaper apartment in Waukegan.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

His mental illnesses and health problems left Chris Hradisky homeless and living in hospitals and nursing homes. Now, thanks to a local service agency and a state program that funds home services, he lives in this apartment in Waukegan.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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Near the end of 2010, former Gurnee and Lake Villa resident Chris Hradisky weighed barely 80 pounds and was waiting to die. With the help of his sister, the Lake County Center for Independent Living and a state program designed to save money by getting people with disabilities to live in their homes, the 49-year-old man is living in a Waukegan apartment with help far cheaper than a nursing home.
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