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Pastor Jonathan de la O of Starting Point Community Church passes out food and supplies to migrants near “warming” buses, which are meant to shelter migrants without housing during this month’s frigid winter weather.

Pastor Jonathan de la O of Starting Point Community Church and volunteers pass out sanitary supplies, clothing and sandwiches to migrants down the street from where “warming” buses are parked in the 800 block of South Desplaines Street as a winter storm passes through on Jan. 12 in Chicago.

Erin Hooley

Pastor Jonathan de la O of Starting Point Community Church passes out food and supplies to migrants near “warming” buses, which are meant to shelter migrants without housing during this month’s frigid winter weather.

Pastor Jonathan de la O of Starting Point Community Church and volunteers pass out sanitary supplies, clothing and sandwiches to migrants down the street from where “warming” buses are parked in the 800 block of South Desplaines Street as a winter storm passes through on Jan. 12 in Chicago.

Erin Hooley

A pastor’s perspective on housing migrants in his Chicago church: an update

Some local faith leaders are working with the city to temporarily house migrants.

Pastor Jonathan de la O of Starting Point Community Church and volunteers pass out sanitary supplies, clothing and sandwiches to migrants down the street from where “warming” buses are parked in the 800 block of South Desplaines Street as a winter storm passes through on Jan. 12 in Chicago.

Erin Hooley

   

The Unity Initiative — a donation-funded partnership between the city of Chicago and some leaders from its faith community — has been providing temporary housing to some migrants since November of last year, and officials have touted it as one reason the city is no longer relying on police stations as shelter.

Reset checks back in with a local faith leader about what it's been like to participate in the initiative and what migrants need ahead of an impending stay limit being imposed at city-run shelters.

GUEST: Jonathan de la O, pastor of Starting Point Community Church in Belmont Cragin

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