WBEZ – Why are so many homeless people seeking shelter at O’Hare and in transit hubs?

By  Sasha-Ann Simons, January 24, 2023

If you’ve flown through O’Hare Airport recently, you may have noticed people sleeping in hallways or near the baggage claim. This isn’t uncommon in Chicago when the temperature drops, but the number of unhoused people seeking shelter in these transit hubs has increased over the last several years.

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Block Club Chicago – At Jefferson Park Transit Center, CTA Security Teams Give Unhoused Chicagoans The Boot

By  Ariel Parrella-Aureli January 24, 2023

CTA officials said the people were kicked out because they were loitering on agency property. Witnesses say guards threw away belongings in an attempt to make people move. “It’s disgusting [and] dehumanizing,” one advocate said.

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Chicago Tribune-‘I had no choice’: For many homeless people, O’Hare has become a nighttime refuge

By  Adriana Pérez January 22, 2023

Norbert Pikula, 77, had been sleeping on a friend’s sofa every night for the last six months. But when his friend was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago, Pikula’s fragile world turned upside down and he had nowhere to sleep.

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Block Club Chicago- NW Side Neighbors Spent Years Helping Man Living in Merrimac Park Tent – But Now Some Want Him Gone

By Ariel Parrella-Aureli January 19, 2023

“Forcing people to move can do more harm than good,” Simmons said. “And for the people who need those services that are not available, how can people get mad for taking up space? There is nowhere else to go.”

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Heartland Signal- Chicago must do more to protect its homeless ahead of deadly winter storm, activist say

By KATE LÝ JOHNSTON January 17, 2023

What proactive things are we doing outside of emergency situations to ensure people aren’t on the street to begin with?” Schenkelberg said. “How are we investing in permanent housing? How are we investing in social services?”

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WCPT 820- Joan Esposito Live Local And Progressive 01.03.23

January 4, 2023

Joan’s guests today are:
– Gary Menzel, President/Business Manager at Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11, with our Union Strong segment
– Doug Schenkelberg, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
– Joe Brancatelli, joesentme.com
– Team Hochberg’s David Hochberg

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The Hill- Extreme weather and the dangers of being homelessThe Hill-

By, Doug Schenkelberg, Opinion Contributor, December 29, 2022

A man stands next to tents on a sidewalk in San Francisco on April 21, 2020. Homeless people are asking a federal judge for an emergency order to stop San Francisco from dismantling tent encampments without offering shelter beds. They are also asking the court at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, to stop the city from destroying the belongings of homeless people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Just before Christmas, much of the United States was hit by an extraordinary weather event: Winter Storm Elliott. In Chicago, we saw temperatures that dipped down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit with windchills that hit below -40 on the backs of 40-mile-per-hour winds. Such weather is dangerous to everyone, but it is particularly dangerous to people experiencing homelessness on our streets.

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The Daily Chicago – Outreach staff to assist homeless inhabitants amid harmful climate situations

By Mary Kim, December 22, 2022

CHICAGO — Outreach staff are fanning out and are connecting with people who find themselves unhoused as the harmful climate situations method.

Brandie Knazze, the Chicago DFSS commissioner stated that over the subsequent a number of days and nights a number of outreach groups will likely be on the road visiting encampments encouraging residents to take shelter and ensure they’re okay.
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