“The demand for resources, be it through 311 to get people into a shelter or any other piece of the shelter system, is so much greater than what the system can handle,” said Douglas Schenkelberg, the director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Schenkelberg thinks Chicago should develop a long-term strategy to help both asylum-seekers arriving on the city’s doorstep and residents already on the streets. Otherwise, he said, the city “pits these two populations against each other.”
“We should focus on a single system,” Schenkelberg said, “that serves anyone who’s unhoused in the city of Chicago.”
In his mid-May inauguration speech, the former organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union promised to “Bring Chicago Home,” alluding to his support for an increased real estate transfer tax that would be used to fund homelessness prevention.
Guzzardi joined forces with officials and groups — including alds. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) and Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd), Rep. Cristina Pacione-Zayas and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — to help residents find stable housing.
Some residents were sent to a hotel in the West Loop or shelters as a stopgap measure, while others were connected with apartments, Guzzardi and Ramirez-Rosa said. Case managers are helping those in temporary accommodations find permanent housing, they said.
Según la Coalición para los Desamparados de Chicago, más de 65,000 habitantes de la ciudad no tienen hogar.
Durante su discurso inaugural el lunes, el alcalde Brandon Johnson prometió impulsar la propuesta conocida como “Bring Chicago Home”, que aumentaría los impuestos sobre las ventas de propiedades por valor de $1 millón o más en un esfuerzo por combatir la falta de vivienda en Chicago.
“It speaks to the fact that we have a really significant problem with homelessness in Chicago. We have over 65,000 people that experience homelessness over the course of a year,” said Julie Dworkin, policy director, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Through the initiative, the government will help selected cities navigate what they call a ‘maze’ of federal funding streams, but it’s unclear if any additional dollars will be provided.
Most unhoused people in Chicago stay with others temporarily at some point throughout the year, research shows. Homelessness disproportionately impacts minorities, with Black people comprising more than half of unhoused Chicagoans, research shows.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless street outreach organizer Ali Simmons said that’s when his organization and other advocacy groups became involved.
“IDOT reached out to us via email and wanted to have a large meeting with us and other individuals from DFSS, and they were informing us about the construction work that’s ready to take place and they wanted us to do outreach to individuals living in the construction zone and notify them of the construction and the fact that they were going to have to move from that area,” Simmons said.
CHICAGO – Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on Thursday announced the formation of the Chicago for the People Transition Committee and 11 Subcommittees. The Transition Committee and Subcommittees will be guided by leaders from Chicago’s business, activist, and government communities. Their work will culminate in a written report issued in the coming weeks to shape and guide the work of the new administration.
There’s an irony in the public discourse around public safety,” Doug Schenkelberg, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, said to me over the phone. It was March 28, one week before a mayoral election largely defined, in both local and national media, as a referendum on whether or not Chicagoans felt safe.
CHICAGO (WLS) — ABC7, Chicago’s most watched television station and the premier broadcaster of countless local debates for more than two decades, will showcase LIVE and COMMERCIAL-FREE, “VOTE 2023: THE RACE FOR CHICAGO MAYOR: THE PEOPLE’S FORUM,” Thursday, March 16, from 7 p.m. -8 p.m.. at the ABC7 Studios, 190 North State Street. ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Judy Hsu and Ravi Baichwal will lead the 60-minute, commercial-free debate between the last two candidates standing in the Chicago mayoral runoff election in April, Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas. The candidates will square off as they also answer questions from ABC7 political reporter Craig Wall and Univision Chicago anchor Alex Hernandez. Various Chicago community groups have been invited to be part of the studio audience and may have an opportunity to ask questions.