Why are so many homeless people seeking shelter at O’Hare and in transit hubs?


A homeless man gathers his belongings at the Chicago Transit Authority’s Clark & ​​Dearborn bus station on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Aldermen on Wednesday extended a deal to house the homeless at a downtown hotel as the pandemic continues into the winter. ap

If you’ve flown through O’Hare Airport recently, you may have noticed people sleeping in the aisles or near baggage claim. This is not uncommon in Chicago when the temperature drops, but the number of homeless people seeking refuge in these transit centers has increased in recent years.

Restore talk to homeless and housing advocates about why we are seeing this increase and what can be done to provide more stable housing in the city.

GUESTS: Don Washington, executive director of the Chicago Housing Initiative

Ali Simmons, social worker and legal project manager of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Tom Gordon, vice president of the Chicago Homeless Union


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Written by Natalia Chi

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