Posts tagged "homeless"

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance
In a city still suffering from a housing crisis that ripped through economically disadvantaged black and Latino communities, an article that throws a national spotlight on Chicago activists’ fight to claim empty and dilapidated houses is a welcome acknowledgement of their struggle. In a May 29 article titled “The Death and Life of Chicago,” The... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment
Neighborhoods across the city are desperately fighting to keep their schools open, many of them by arguing that the 50-plus closures suggested by Chicago Public Schools officials will devastate their already ailing communities. A report from the Chicago Teachers Union released last month looks at the devastation that the neighborhood schools were facing in another... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight
Food Center Uprooted. The Uptown Salvation Army has one month to find a new home where it can continue to feed low-income Chicagoans, after Alderman James Cappleman told the charity it could no longer serve from his ward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The move has angered some residents, who will protest outside his office on Wednesday. Final School Closing... Read more »
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As CHA apartments sit empty, people on the waiting list are left homeless

Brenda Miller sits at the lounge of the Lawson House YMCA shelter. It is the only place where her husband is allowed to visit her in the shelter.
Behind every number on the Chicago Housing Authority waiting list,  is a mom, a husband or someone’s child. Denaice Wright is No. 26,000. She stays with a friend in a single-room occupancy hotel, which is the latest in a string of places that she’s lived. Wright first got on the waiting list four years ago... Read more »

NATO summit count-off: How much will the May summit really cost the city?

There have been a lot of numbers thrown out about the coming NATO summit–tens of millions in expected costs to the city while thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters are expected to converge on the city. Though the G8 summit will no longer figure in these calculations since it was moved to Camp David, Md.,... Read more »

New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space

New transition housing for LGBT youth hopes to offer a safe space
Being young, as well as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, comes with its own challenges, but some young people in Chicago face an additional challenge: homelessness. A new transitional housing program in Humboldt Park, El Rescate, hopes to build both community and an accepting space, while also helping LGBT youth off the street. “Queer... Read more »
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Women's shelter hosts winter walk, expands services

Women's shelter hosts winter walk, expands services
It’s not an easy time to try to help the homeless. With the economy still doing poorly and state and local funding drying up, most shelters and service providers are struggling to keep their doors open. But Sarah’s Circle, an agency that aids homeless women in the Uptown community, has found ways to expand. When... Read more »

Uptown's REST shelter closing its doors today, as state funding for homeless services is restored

Uptown's REST shelter closing its doors today, as state funding for homeless services is restored
A few days ago, volunteers at the REST homeless shelter in Uptown received an email, letting them know that the shelter would be closing this week. “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that after 3 decades of service, REST will be closing our doors for the final time... Read more »

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?

Temperatures dropping. Will the state restore funding for homeless shelters?
It’s supposed to be another record year for Chicago winter. Forecasters are predicting extreme cold and record snowfall again. Thought 2011′s snowpocalpyse was just a fluke? Apparently not. While the 50-plus inches of snow we may receive will inconvenience a lot of us and perhaps drain the city’s snow removal coffers, if you live on... Read more »
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As more Americans become poor, will more become homeless?

As more Americans become poor, will more become homeless?
If someone asked you to guess if homelessness rose or fell during the Great Recession, what would you say? I would have guessed that more people were homeless, that the number was rising. But actually, it fell. About 34,877 less people were homeless in the middle of the recession than at the start. Why? Well,... Read more »