Monday press conference: City to evict Uptown viaduct residents with no alternative

WHEN: Monday, September 18, 7 a.m.

WHAT: Press conference convened by homeless encampment residents of the viaducts on Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. Residents received a 30-day notice that they must vacate the premises by September 18 at 7 a.m. due to viaduct repairs.

Residents who will be displaced have been calling for a housing alternative as well as a re-design of the viaducts that does not discriminate against homeless people. The current re-design puts bike lanes on the sidewalks, which is less safe for pedestrians, bikes, and cars, and which is discriminatory toward homeless people. The city has met neither of these demands.

Residents will speak to the press about their campaign, the city’s lack of response, and their plans moving forward.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, residents will be in Courtroom 2508 of the Daley Center regarding their complaint filed by CCH against the city of Chicago, pursuant to the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act.

WHERE: Wilson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive

WHO: Homeless residents of the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), and ONE Northside

For more information:

Mary Tarullo, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless:

Angelica Sanchez, ONE Northside: