Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Program in Public Health

Homeless in Chicago: This winter “give the gift of warmth”

Homelessness is an intransigent multifactorial plague of our lives and there are no easy solutions. There is no monolithic definition for the homeless in Chicago as Homelessness ranges from very brief and transient Homelessness to long term homeless or just in hospitable living conditions.  According to a non for profit working to eliminate homeless, most homeless people are homeless simply: 

Each night in Chicago close to 6,200 people; women, children, teenagers wonder the streets with nowhere to sleep. Homeless in Chicago only gets worse during the Chicago winters as temperature drop below 0 F from December to March.

While we might not be able to provide homes or end homelessness in the city we can make it more bearable.  Our goal this winter is simple “help keep someone warm”. 

Working with agencies across the city providing services to the homeless we hope to deliver   Socks, Coats, gloves, shoes and thermals to homeless children, mothers and the elderly across the city from the 14th of November to the 10th of December.

 We invite you to support us any way you can by simply;

a)     Dropping of supplies at a drop box near you.

b)    “Hosting or sponsor” a supply drop box on  your department or office floor

c)     Assisting with delivery of supplies to homelessness servicing agencies across the city.

For more information on how to assist or a drop of box near you please contact

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About the Author

Osefame Ewaleifoh
Osefame Ewaleifoh is a PhD/MPH student studying herpes simplex virus neuroinvasion and transport in Greg Smith’s lab. His public health interest focuses primarily on disparities in mental health access.