Posts tagged "homelessness"

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: An Uptown controversy over The Salvation Army mobile truck comes to an amicable end

David Bahena stares out of a window of the intensive rehabilitation unit at The Salvation Army Harbor ‪Light of Chicago, located on the Near West Side. "This is the window we look out to see the word," said Bahena, who had been sober for six weeks. The in-patient program works with patients suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse.
In early March, The Salvation Army Mobile Outreach Unit was in danger of being kicked out of Uptown. The unit, a service of The Salvation Army Harbor Light of Chicago, offers on-site mental health and substance abuse assessments, referrals and hot meals to those in need, and provides transportation to a treatment facility. It makes... Read more »

Evictions begin for Chateau residents

Evictions begin for Chateau residents
Elizabeth Hartline received her court summons last week that told her she was being evicted from her unit at the Chateau Hotel in East Lakeview. She’s been looking for a new place to live since the end of January, when she found out that the building would be vacated, gutted and rehabbed. But she hasn’t... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Unemployment down; Chicago to invest in homeless outreach; Preckwinkle still supports drug law changes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that his administration will pump $2.5 million into homeless services in Chicago. “Plan 2.0″, as it is being called, will see the city invest in outreach services, job preparation and placement opportunities, as well as supportive housing. The money comes from “existing city funds,” and will come at “no additional... Read more »

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 »

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 »

The devastated housing market on Chicago's South and West sides during the Daley era

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley will be remembered for the rise of shiny, new downtown condominiums and the fall of towering public housing buildings. But his tenure should also be remembered for declining homeownership and the dramatic rise of cost-burdened renters and home owners in many of Chicago’s South and West side communities. In a... Read more »

Running from homelessness

After Charles Phillips was shot 13 times with an assault rifle, doctors told him he’d never walk again, and even if he did, he’d limp. Today, Phillips is running. No, not just the occasional jog. He’s run 150 miles in four months, running three times a week. But while he’s defied doctor’s predictions, Phillips still... Read more »
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What do the homeless need? Ask them.

Most every day, I struggle with the same question many city-dwellers do: If someone on the street asks you for money, do you give it to them or just pass by? A study out of the United Kingdom is telling us something pretty surprising. Giving can work, but not just the spare change you have... Read more »