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A homeless man sleeps next to an elevator bank at O’Hare International Airport in February

A homeless man sleeps next to an elevator bank at O’Hare International Airport in February. People in search of emergency shelter are supposed to call the city’s 311 hotline to make a shelter request, but it’s hard to tell how well the system works because of numerous data entry errors.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere

A homeless man sleeps next to an elevator bank at O’Hare International Airport in February

A homeless man sleeps next to an elevator bank at O’Hare International Airport in February. People in search of emergency shelter are supposed to call the city’s 311 hotline to make a shelter request, but it’s hard to tell how well the system works because of numerous data entry errors.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere

Unhoused people turned away at O’Hare, leaving them with one fewer place to sleep

Officials say they’re asking people to provide evidence as to why they’re at the airport in the evenings as a matter of safety.

A homeless man sleeps next to an elevator bank at O’Hare International Airport in February. People in search of emergency shelter are supposed to call the city’s 311 hotline to make a shelter request, but it’s hard to tell how well the system works because of numerous data entry errors.

Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere

   

Since February, Chicago police officers have been seen turning people away at the airport who don’t have suitcases or airport employee uniforms. It’s a policy started by former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration.

Reset learns more about the options left for people who are unhoused in Chicago and what solutions the city’s new administration is considering.

GUESTS: Elvia Malagón, social justice and wage gap reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times

Ali Simmons, case and outreach worker with the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

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