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Chicago Homeless

Students Can't Solve Chicago's Homelessness Problem, But They Can Learn to Serve

Teresa Mastin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Chicago
Teresa Mastin, Ph.D.

It's not often that we think of college students as part of a solution to complex social problems, like homelessness. But perhaps it's time we did.

This Man Goes Out Of His Way To Help Chicago's Homeless

Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago

For 12 years, the homeless population that gathers along Lower Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago has enjoyed regular visits from an angel. An angel by ...

Chicago Man Helping The Homeless One Care Package At A Time

Posted 08.15.2013 | Chicago

Chicago artist Gene Pellegrene is used to looking at situations from a novel perspective. Following a bout with a physical injury that left him in ...

City's Eviction Of The Homeless From Uptown Underpass Angers Advocates

Posted 03.26.2013 | Chicago

Though weeks have passed since Ald. James Cappleman raised the ire of the Uptown neighborhood in a flap with a Salvation Army food truck that serves t...

Can We End Homelessness?

Neli Vazquez-Rowland | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Neli Vazquez-Rowland

Why would we support the idea of helping the homeless? Because it is not only the right thing to do, but it is in all of our best interest to do so for public health and safety as well as financial stability reasons for our governments, communities and even our own financial health.

Mayor Touts City's Cost-Cutting Homeless Solution

Chicago Tribune | Posted 08.24.2012 | Chicago

Catholic Charities is taking over as the agency giving people late-night rides to shelters as part of Chicago's latest plan to fight homelessness. ...

Youth Homelessness On The Rise In Chicago

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

More than 10,000 homeless students are enrolled in Chicago's classrooms this fall, a 16 percent increase over last year and a record high, according t...

City Official Suggests Homeless Take Cabs To Overnight Shelters

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

The head of the city's Department of Family and Support Services is under fire Tuesday after suggesting that homeless Chicagoans should take cabs to o...

WATCH: Android App Helps The Homeless Get Off The Streets

Posted 12.17.2011 | Impact

iFindit collected a $10,000 app-contest grand prize for taking Chicago’s homeless from the streets, to food pantries, farmers’ markets, medical cl...

WATCH: Homeless Man Donates To Out-Of-Work Mother Who Used To Help Him

Posted 07.16.2011 | Impact

When a single mother in Chicago lost her job, she had no idea a homeless man she used to help would offer her a lifeline. My Fox Chicago reports that...

Chicago Homeless Magazine Wises Up

Chicago Journal | Posted 06.04.2011 | Chicago

Lance Bartel has never shaken a cup. Just two years ago, he was working as a chief on board for a rail company, monitoring customer safety and the tra...

Chicago HOPES Making A Difference For Homeless Children

Gapers Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On a typical weekday, Chicagoans will pass dozens of children with their backpacks heading to school. But what many don't know is that there are 15...

Homeless Man Apparently Crushed To Death By Trash Compactor

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Police are investigating the death of a man who was found apparently crushed to death Monday morning near a trash compactor at a Magnificent Mile addr...

Stimulus Funds Put Homeless Agencies In Bind

Chi-Town Daily News | Adrian G. Uribarri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In early July federal officials promised more than $67 million in stimulus funds to prevent homelessness in Illinois. They saw it as a way to help fam...

Of No Fixed Address: Red Tape

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

Overpriced ID cards may not be at the root of homelessness, but they do make for one hell of a stumbling block.

StreetWise Lives On As Donations Pour In

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED The scramble to save StreetWise, the weekly Chicago magazine that employs homeless people as vendors, appears to have succeeded, the Chicago ...

Of No Fixed Address: The Curse of the Irish

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

'I used to see guys who were on the street and homeless, and I just never fathomed that it could be me one day.'

Of No Fixed Address: Terrorized Around the Clock

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

Mental illness can lead to homelessness, but the stress of losing one's home, sleeping on a park bench, and surviving from nickel to nickel could just as easily exacerbate a predisposition to mental illness.

Of No Fixed Address: A Christmas To Remember

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the seventh in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

Of No Fixed Address: The Panhandler's Playbook

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from my oral history Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

Of No Fixed Address: A Real Job

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the sixth in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago.

CTA to Eject Rush-Hour Riders?

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

The CTA remains adamant that its continuous-rider policy is not aimed at homeless people. But the hypocrisy behind the agency's policy is brutally evident.

CTA's Holiday Homeless Harassment

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

For a public agency in Chicago to threaten to throw homeless people out onto freezing streets in far-flung corners of the city without as much as caring whether they have the means to get to a shelter is unnecessary and cruel in equal measure.

Soup Kitchens Expect Busy Winter

Chi-Town Daily News | Ian Fullerton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's emergency food pantries and soup kitchens are gearing up for a busy winter, thanks to spiraling unemployment and food costs. With the unemp...

Of No Fixed Address: God Planned It

Christopher Devine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christopher Devine

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from my book Of No Fixed Address: A Collection of Voices from the Streets of Chicago