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 All-Chicago.com a non for profit working to eliminate homeless, most homeless people are homeless simply:
- Veterans, including those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorders.
- People affected by severe mental or physical health or chronic substance use barriers;
- Households fleeing domestic violence;
- Ex-offenders or people released from institutions with no place to go;
- Youths thrown out of their houses because they are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, pregnant, or survivors of abuse;
- Immigrants and undocumented individuals who have difficulty securing work or housing because of lack of documentation, language and/or cultural barriers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org