The Guardian – US shelters see influx of homeless seeking help amid ‘life-threatening’ winter

By MacKenzie Ryan, December 22, 2022

Burke Patten helps run the Night Ministry, a Chicago non-profit that annually supports 6,000 of the Windy City’s 60,000 unsheltered. As a ferocious and freezing blast of Arctic weather heads into the US he knows it could be lethal for the city’s vulnerable homeless population.

“Unfortunately it’s going to be very dangerous,” said Patten who is Night Ministry’s communications manager. “It’s cold. But it’s going to get a lot worse.”

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Chicago Tribune- As possible blizzardlike conditions barrel toward Chicago, advocates for homeless work to provide shelter, save lives

By Jordan Anderson, December 21, 2022

As Chicago braces for possible blizzardlike conditions this week, Andy Robledo headed to West 16th Street and South Union Avenue Tuesday morning to check on two people living in black winterized tents he built. Although it was a cold morning, the weather was nothing like the extreme wind, temperatures and snow expected to roll in Thursday.

Robledo, founder of Feeding People Through Plants, said lives are on the line as people try to survive the approaching elements with subpar living conditions. One man told Robledo the zipper on his tent is broken. Robledo told the man he needs a new tent altogether. It’s just one of the mounting concerns and tasks for Robledo and other advocates in anticipation of the storm.

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Chicago Tribune – Letters: City should help organization that is providing orange tents to people living the street

By Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2022

Burke Patten helps run the Night Ministry, a Chicago non-profit that annually supports 6,000 of the Windy City’s 60,000 unsheltered. As a ferocious and freezing blast of Arctic weather heads into the US he knows it could be lethal for the city’s vulnerable homeless population.

“Unfortunately it’s going to be very dangerous,” said Patten who is Night Ministry’s communications manager. “It’s cold. But it’s going to get a lot worse.”

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LawNDale – Giving Tuesday

By Ashmar Mandou, November 23, 2022

On a sand textured background the words #GivingTuesday sit in blue and black, across the top of the image are dried flowers, nuts, and star anise.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This Tuesday, November 29, people all over the world are encouraged to donate their time, money, and/or voice to an organization that makes a difference in their community. Celebrate this holiday season with the gift of giving to a few wonderful Chicago organizations around the city. We compiled a few non-profits to help get your #GivingTuesday started.

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The Crusader – Advocates want to make sure children living in extreme poverty receive their child support payments

By  Crusader Staff, November 23, 2022

$100 bills are scattered in the background and in plastic toy letters atop them it reads "Child Support" at the top of the frame is a wooden gavel.

A new, animated video released last week by anti-poverty advocates starts with “You would think that child support goes toward supporting children, right? But families in Illinois who need the most help are getting just a fraction of child support payments.”

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WVON-TANF & Anti-Poverty Experts

November 22, 2022

You would think the child support goes toward supporting children, right? But families in Illinois who need the most help are getting just a fraction of child support payments. And really when you look at the numbers, they’re saying families who live in extreme poverty, who received 10% of which is temporary assistance for needy families, have child support collected from there non custodial parents only to have most of that money go to the state of Illinois. 

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WTTW – Lightfoot, Allies Block Hearing on Proposal to Hike Taxes on Sales of Million-Dollar Homes to Fight Homelessness

By Heather Cherone, November 14, 2022

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her allies on the Chicago City Council blocked a Monday hearing on a proposal to ask voters during the February election to hike taxes on the sales of properties worth $1 million or more in an effort to fight homelessness in Chicago.

Dozens of Chicagoans who waited hours to get their turn to address the Chicago City Council for three minutes were prevented from speaking. Only 25 City Council members attended the meeting — one short of the majority needed to hold the public hearing.

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ABC 7- Chicago City Council members fail to show up to discuss real estate transfer tax benefiting homeless

By Michelle Gallardo, November 14, 2022

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago City Council did not take up the issue of a proposed real estate tax transfer increase Monday because not enough council members showed up to even discuss it. The money would help people who are homeless.

It was Chicago politics at their finest. Homeless advocates suffered a blow as a lack of quorum at a specially convened City Council meeting essentially killed a proposal that would have put a real estate transfer tax increase question on the February ballot.

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