The Columbia Chronicle: Homeless lose refuge at Tent City

Mark Saulys, a resident of Tent City and organizer at One Northside, will benefit from the city’s housing pilot program and move into a home soon, he said. (Wesley Herold | Chronicle)

By Caroline Bowen, Metro Reporter

Below the busy Lake Shore Drive bridge over Wilson Avenue, snow and ice secures Mark Saulys’ tent to the cement. He has been homeless for more than a year but will trade his nylon walls for a sturdier home in a couple of weeks because of a city housing initiative, he said. 

“I’m worried for the people here, and I can see that they are worried about being tossed out,” Saulys said about his neighbors remaining in Uptown’s Tent City. 

Dozens of homeless people find refuge under the viaduct, which has often put them at odds with Chicago politicians. But construction slated to begin on the Lake Shore Drive bridges intersecting with Wilson Avenue and Lawrence Avenue this spring means time is dwindling for a place many call home, said Diane O’Connell, a staff attorney with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. 

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2017 Chicago Marathon Team to End Homelessness

Seven members of the 2017 Team to End Homelessness

CCH is proud to be an affiliate charity for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 8. We have recruited 13 runners to our Team to End Homelessness this year, and are still recruiting runners who obtained entry through the drawing.

Each of our runners will raise at least $1,000 from friends and family online in conjunction with their race training. You can donate in honor of our team hereContinue reading 2017 Chicago Marathon Team to End Homelessness

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up to learn more about the Associate Board! We’ll be in touch with you soon.

We hope you can join us at our next Associate Board meeting: 

Tuesday, November 11, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: 70 E. Lake St., Suite 720

Tell your U.S. Senators: Jeff Sessions is not qualified to be Attorney General

no-sessionsPlease call your senators and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with this message: 

Jeff Sessions is not qualified to be Attorney General. Please oppose his nomination.

Sessions’ long record demonstrates hostility to the enforcement of civil rights for people of color, immigrants, and women, including victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, and the LGBT community.

 

If you live in Illinois, your U.S. Senators are: 

Richard J. Durbin: (202) 224-2152

Tammy Duckworth: (202) 224-2854

You can find your senators contact information HERE if you live outside of Illinois. 

 

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: 

Grassley, Chuck (R – IA) , Chairman: 202-224-3744

Feinstein, Dianne (D – CA), Ranking Member: (202) 224-3841

Hatch, Orrin G. (R – UT): (202) 224-5251

Graham, Lindsey (R – SC): (202) 224-5972

Cornyn, John (R – TX): (202) 224-2934

Lee, Mike (R – UT): (202) 224-5444

Cruz, Ted (R – TX): (202) 224-5922

Sasse, Ben (R – NE): (202) 224-4224

Flake, Jeff (R – AZ): (202) 224-4521

Crapo, Mike (R – ID): (202) 224-6142

Tillis, Thom (R – NC): (202) 224-6342

Kennedy, John (R – LA): (202) 224-4623

Leahy, Patrick J. (D – VT): (202) 224-4242

Durbin, Richard J. (D – IL): (202) 224-2152

Whitehouse, Sheldon (D – RI): (202) 224-2921

Klobuchar, Amy (D – MN): (202) 224-3244

Franken, Al (D – MN): (202) 224-5641

Coons, Christopher A. (D – DE): (202) 224-5042

Blumenthal, Richard (D – CT): (202) 224-2823

Hirono, Mazie K. (D – HI): (202) 224-6361

How to Help Those Experiencing Homelessness in the Cold

If you are asked for help by someone on the street, you should not hesitate to give them money, food, blankets, or other needed items if you have the means and the desire. We do not think there is any downside to helping people in all of these ways. But more importantly, make sure that whatever interaction you have is positive and respectful. If you cannot or do not want to give anything, you can still make eye contact, smile, and wish someone well. The key is to treat each person with the dignity and respect you would hope for if you were in that situation.

In addition to any immediate support you may decide to give, find organizations that do direct outreach to those experiencing homelessness on Chicago’s streets, provide overnight shelter, and/or permanent affordable housing and support their work. Below are some resources to research nonprofits you could support:

Nonprofits that work with the city of Chicago to address homelessness

Homeless and housing nonprofits throughout Illinois

More resources for the homeless in the cold weather

Temperance spoke up to secure a new home for her family

e-newsletter-photo-donateRebuilding your life after a setback takes determination. For Temperance Thomas, it helps to be open about what she’s been through.

“You got to tell your story or you’ll never get over it. I’m learning to do that,” she says.

With a family to raise, Temperance is determined to move forward. In two years, she has completed culinary training, found a new job, and joined the Reentry Project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

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Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay

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Otis Clay (top) and Sean McKeough (bottom)

We don’t do it alone. This week the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless remembers the lives of two men, important to the music community, who showed generosity toward homeless people and the work we do: Sean McKeough and Otis Clay. 

As a partner and producer of Riot Fest, Sean McKeough granted CCH a wonderful platform to spread our message and attract supporters each fall on the festival grounds. Sean also welcomed CCH to host events at his Cobra Lounge.   Continue reading Remembering Sean McKeough and Otis Clay