By Gaynor Hall and Pam Grimes
CHICAGO — By one estimate, more than 80,000 Chicagoans are struggling with homelessness. Think about it — that would be the entire population of a city like Champaign.
About 18,000 of them are Chicago Public School students. Housing advocates say it’s a growing problem we cannot address, unless we acknowledge the tremendous need.
In a 2-part series, WGN’s Gaynor Hall looks at homelessness in Chicago. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Doug Schenkelberg is featured throughout the first story.
The series also reports on developing “Tiny Homes” to help house those who are homeless. That effort is spearheaded in Chicago by Tracy Baim, a CCH Board member and Windy City Times publisher.
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Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D’Angelo, Reed Nolan and Kevin Doellmann contributed to this report.