WGN TV: Fighting homelessness: ‘What we’re going through right now, I don’t wish that on anyone’

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.

LINK to the WGN video reports

For more information, visit the following links:
cityofchicago.org
homelessshelterdirectory.org
chicagohomeless.org
acasanorte.org
prideactiontank.org
windycitymediagroup.com
bootstrapvillages.com
casscommunity.org/tinyhomes/

Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D’Angelo, Reed Nolan and Kevin Doellmann contributed to this report.