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ABC 7, Ben Bradley: Homeless families, children at historic high

A new report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless shows the problem is getting worse for families.   By Ben Bradley Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and before him Richard Daley, each proposed plans to end homelessness. Mayor Daley even pledged to get people off the streets within a decade. It hasn’t happened. Now a new…

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Progress Illinois: Chicago homeless advocates roll out campaign to improve housing stability for families

By Ellyn Fortino In light of a new survey detailing the negative impact of homelessness on Chicago children, homeless advocates in the city launched a new campaign Wednesday aimed at improving housing stability and educational supports for families lacking stable homes. Last school year, there were an estimated 13,054 families in Chicago who experienced homelessness,…

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Chicago Sun-Times, Sue Ontiveros: The homeless need a home in our hearts

By Sue Ontiveros, Chicago Sun-Times columnist For years I walked the same Loop streets to get to the L after work. I don’t work in that office anymore, but I immediately noticed changes when I walked that familiar path last week. It seemed to be filled with the homeless. True, in the old days I’d…

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WBEZ interview: The city’s inconsistent rules for the homeless by WBEZ’s Morning Shift

One sleeping bag. Two pairs of shoes. Three bags. The city has rules for what homeless people can own in two areas — Lower Wacker Drive and the Wilson viaduct in Uptown. As we head into winter, police officers have been handing out paper copies of the policy to the homeless there. Diane O’Connell is…

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Chicago Bar Association Record: The Crucial Role of Access: Helping Homeless Youth Find Stability

By Beth Malik Around 8:30 every night, more than 20 unaccompanied youths congregate outside The Crib. Each hopes to win the lottery–the shelter lottery, one that will let them sleep on a mat on a basement floor for the night. Operated by The Night Ministry, The Crib is a city-supported emergency shelter in the Lakeview neighborhood for homeless youth, ages 18 through 24. The…

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RedEye: Chicago’s homeless population stretches beyond those on streets, in shelters

By Michael Lansu T.J. Kiser has always had a roof over his head, but his name hasn’t always been on the mailbox. More than 130,000 Chicagoans live with family or friends because of economic hardship, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The federal government, however, does not classify these people as homeless. Kiser,…

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Chicago Tribune commentary: Possessions Chicago says the homeless can and can’t have

By Lara Weber and John J. Kim The weather was still warm last week when we visited with about a dozen people camped on a parkway west of the Wilson Avenue viaduct under Lake Shore Drive. A few sat chatting in a circle of lawn chairs. Another group grilled spiced chicken. Homeless, they told us…

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Chicago Sun-Times: CTA cards for homeless students stolen

By Sarah Karp, Better Government Association A Chicago man has been charged with hawking L and bus passes that were swiped from the Chicago Public Schools — the latest sign CPS isn’t keeping good track of transit fare cards that are supposed to be distributed to homeless students. Mohammed Abdullah, 24, was arrested Oct. 15…

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WBEZ Public Radio: Most housing voucher waiting lists in Illinois closed

By Natalie Moore For Illinois families that need affordable housing, just getting on the waiting list is increasingly difficult. According to a new report by Housing Action Illinois and Heartland Alliance, 72 percent of waiting lists for subsidized housing vouchers in Illinois are closed. Those public housing authorities with closed wait lists administer 95 percent…

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DNAinfo.com: Kicked out from under viaducts, where can Uptown’s homeless turn?

By Josh McGhee · DNAinfo Reporter UPTOWN — Laura and her husband Jose have been “hop, skipping and jumping around” the North Side since they lost their home about three years ago. Most recently, they’ve called the Wilson Avenue viaduct home, but before that they had a quaint apartment with a garden out back next…

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