Chicago Tribune – An estimated 65,611 people in Chicago experienced homelessness in 2020, coalition report says

By  Maddie Ellis September 20, 2022

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development identified 5,390 people experiencing homelessness in Chicago.

But in a new report released Tuesday, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless put forth a different count: 65,611.

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The Washington Post – America’s first homelessness problem: Knowing who is actually homeless

By  Kyle Swenson August 24, 2022

SEATTLE — Handwritten notes were everywhere, taped into car windows or tucked under windshield wipers or scrawled across van doors. They were public announcements and cryptic rants — tiny splashes of individuality amid the anonymity of garbage piles and ripped tarps surrounding the trailers and campers parked near the railroad tracks south of downtown.

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WGN9 – Chicago’s comprehensive push to address homelessness prevents pandemic crisis seen in other major cities

By Mike Lowe  August 16, 2022

CHICAGO — From Los Angeles to New York, homelessness is reaching crisis levels in major cities around the country. But in Chicago, the city’s aggressive and comprehensive response to the problem during the pandemic prevented a surge in numbers. 

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South Side Weekly-City Struggles with Low Attendance and Protest at Budget Forums

By Grant Schwab  August 15, 2022

Over the last two weekends of July, the City held three public engagement forums for the 2023 budget. The forums were meant to give participants an opportunity to help inform the City’s budget planning through small roundtable conversations with leaders in local government. Yet numerous problems, from low turnout to a protest that halted the third forum, raise questions about how meaningful public feedback on the budget can be. 

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WTTW – Campaign Calls for Dedicated Funding to Address Homelessness in Chicago

By Erica Gunderson  July 31, 2022

In June, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless gave Mayor Lori Lightfoot a failing report card on her administration’s progress on the issue. Now, they’re rallying support among City Council members for their Bring Chicago Home campaign.         

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Austin Weekly News – Bring Chicago Home campaign urges alderman to support homelessness proposal

By Igor Studenkov  July 22, 2022

Around 50 to 60 members of the Bring Chicago Home coalition marched to the office of Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), located inside of the JLM Abundant Life Center, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd. in East Garfield Park, on July 18, urging him to lend his support to an ordinance that would create a dedicated funding stream for homeless prevention. 

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Austin Weekly News – Bring Chicago Home campaign urges alderman to support homelessness proposal

By Igor Studenkov July 22, 2022

Around 50 to 60 members of the Bring Chicago Home coalition marched to the office of Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), located inside of the JLM Abundant Life Center, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd. in East Garfield Park, on July 18, urging him to lend his support to an ordinance that would create a dedicated funding stream for homeless prevention. 

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Chicago Sun Times – Advocates for homeless pressure Council members Ervin, Waguespack to support ballot question to fund housing

By  Michael Loria July 21, 2022

A coalition of advocates for the homeless protested outside the offices of two City Council members this week in a push to get a question added to the November ballot that would create dedicated funding to provide housing for people living on the street.

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Chicago Tribune-Chicago preps for 105-degree ‘feels-like’ temp as heat wave looms

By Jake Sheridan  June 13, 2022

Chicago authorities are opening cooling centers and pointing residents toward libraries, safety checks and even park splash pads ahead of a heat wave that’s expected to bring record temperatures to the city.

Heat indexes are expected to top 105 degrees for two consecutive days on Tuesday and Wednesday, a bench mark that triggered a National Weather Service heat advisory.

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WTTW – Advocates Say Lightfoot is Failing to Address Homelessness in Chicago While Pushing for Permanent Funding Source

By Kristen Thometz  June 22, 2022

The Bring Chicago Home Coalition is calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to set up a dedicated revenue source to address homelessness in the city after giving the mayor failing grades in a report card issued Wednesday assessing her progress on the issue during her first three years in office.

This is the first time the coalition has issued such a report card, according to Harry Williams, a grassroots leader with the Bring Chicago Home Coalition, a grassroots movement that seeks to end homelessness in Chicago and includes the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, ONE Northside, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, and United Working families.

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