Chicago LGBTQ advocates document serious life risks for trans homeless youth

Center on Halsted's Public Relations Manager Mariah Emerson

By Ariana Puzzo Medill Reports “The average life span for a black trans woman is 35-years-old,” said Mariah Emerson, the public relations manager for Center on Halsted. “It’s a reality and it’s a disproportionate access to health [and] it’s disproportionate access to housing.” It is understood that disproportionate access here means a lack of access […]

San Juan outreach program supports local homeless community

A man sits alone on a closed restaurant’s patio at 11 p.m.

By Chris Schulz Medill Reports SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – It’s just before 8 p.m. when we arrive at Iniciativa Comunitaria in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan. Every Friday night, Iniciativa conducts Operación Compasión, a nighttime round to serve the local homeless population by providing food, coffee, juice, condoms, clothes, hygiene kits and […]

Lawndale man finds hope in the basement of a church

By Pat Nabong and Hammad Sarfraz Although fewer people experienced homelessness in Chicago in 2016 compared to the previous year, nearly six thousand still live on the streets and in shelters. Bernard Johnson is one of them.

Chicago’s homeless discouraged from voting in primaries

Garland Arnold

By Harry Huggins While Chicagoans line up next Tuesday to vote in the presidential primaries, those who suffer from policy and market failures will be on the streets and in shelters. In 2013, former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Bill of Rights for the Homeless, which includes the right to vote, register to vote […]

Chicago legal center pilots job training, housing program

MAC House

By Harry Huggins Fredrick Dennis, Darrin Brown and Cecil Palmer are three young men renovating their own apartment on Chicago’s West Side. They’re part of the MAC House, a new program from the Lawndale Christian Legal Center that combines transitional housing with job training. The guys in the program have one thing in common: they’ve […]

PETA distributes fur coats to Bronzeville homeless

PETA furs

By Harry Huggins The animal rights group, PETA, helped distribute fur coats to homeless women at a Chicago nonprofit women Thursday morning. The coats came from a series of fur donation drives across America and were distributed to the clients of Matthew House in Bronzeville. “The cold hurts in Chicago, you know,” Robin Powell said, […]