Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=111143
Story Retrieval Date: 6/19/2013 5:29:35 AM CST
CHICAGO - AUSTIN 408 NORTH LARAMIE AVE. CHICAGO
CHICAGO - CALUMET PARK 831 WEST 119TH STREET
CHICAGO - ENGLEWOOD 5323 SOUTH WESTERN AVE. CHICAGO
CHICAGO - GARFIELD 500 NORTH PULASKI ROAD CHICAGO
CHICAGO - HUMBOLDT PARK 2753 WEST NORTH AVE.,
CHICAGO - LOWER NORTH 2650 WEST FULTON STREET,
CHICAGO - MICHIGAN 70 EAST 21ST STREET CHICAGO
SKOKIE - NORTHERN 8020 ST. LOUIS AVE., SKOKIE
CHICAGO - NORTHWEST 4105 WEST CHICAGO AVE. CHICAGO
CHICAGO - OAKLAND 610 WEST ROOT STREET CHICAGO
CHICAGO - PARK MANOR 1642 WEST 59TH STREET
MELROSE PARK - WEST SUBURBAN 2701 WEST LAKE STREET
CHICAGO - WESTERN 3910 WEST OGDEN CHICAGO
CHICAGO - WICKER PARK 1279 NORTH MILWAUKEE
CHICAGO - WOODLAWN 915 EAST 63RD STREET CHICAGO
Cook County has recorded 12 weather-related deaths confirmed since Nov. 23, according to a spokesman from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Considering typical weather conditions in Chicago, the official said, this number isn’t anything out of the ordinary.
An official at the Chicago Department of Public Health said other factors combine with cold weather to put people at risk.
“Alcohol and drugs often play a role,” said Tim Hadac. “If you look from year to year at the profile of people who died, sometimes people will be inebriated or high or you’ll have an Alzheimer’s patient who wanders away from home. Sometimes it’s crime victims.”
While the types of conditions Hadac mentioned cannot always be controlled, people like caseworker Sara Goldstein at Sarah’s Circle, a non-profit in Uptown that serves the city’s homeless women, are doing everything they can to assist those who find themselves stranded in the cold.
“We’re a drop-in center, which is really unique because there are a lot of overnight shelters that have to close during the day,” Goldstein said.
After day facilities like Sarah’s Circle close for the evening, the city finds nighttime safe havens and places to rest for those without homes.
“The city through our shelter system has approximately 5,000 shelter beds,” said Anne Sheahan, director of public information for the city’s Department of Family and Support.
“Last night, 700 of those beds went unused, which indicates that we have more than enough room and there’s really no reason for anyone to sleep on the street.”
The government is providing relief, as well, providing warming centers throughout Chicago and other areas of the state, which are areas for people to go during the day if they don’t have a home or if they don’t have heat, and the city of Chicago alone has multiple such facilities for those who need a reprieve from the biting cold, according to Sheahan.
Those who are in need or know of someone who needs shelter are urged to call 311 to be directed to an available facility.