City’s Annual Homeless Survey Overlooks Thousands, Advocates Say
The city on Thursday will physically tally the number of homeless residents living on the streets or in shelters, but housing advocates say they overlook thousands of families who lack permanent housing.
Three out of every four homeless people in Chicago are living in “doubled-up” arrangements with relatives and friends — they may scrounge space on a floor or on a couch to escape the cold. And because they’re not factored into the city’s official Point in Time count, some miss out on federal aid.
Morning Shift talks to Julie Dworkin of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless about the city’s annual tally and what advocates are doing to change the way homeless people are defined in Chicago.
GUEST: Julie Dworkin, director of policy at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
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