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Where Chicago’s migrants are living – and how they’re getting there

Where are recently-arrived migrants to Chicago living? And how do they get there? The answer to the first question is churches, police stations, city-run shelters, hotels, apartments, and – still for many – outdoors. The answer to the second question is just as complicated. “A lot of folks are having some success walking around neighborhoods and just looking for for-rent apartment signs, and then they try and go and talk with the landlord there,” said Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Michael Loria. “Sometimes landlords are ok with it. Sometimes they're not.” Rundown host Erin Allen talks with Loria about his recent reporting on where migrants are living and the myriad ways they’re getting there. We also hear from environment reporter Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco about the botched plan to put up shelters in Brighton Park and that community’s reaction to living near a site that state regulators recently deemed toxic.

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Where are recently-arrived migrants to Chicago living? And how do they get there?

The answer to the first question is churches, police stations, city-run shelters, hotels, apartments, and – still for many – outdoors.

The answer to the second question is just as complicated.

“A lot of folks are having some success walking around neighborhoods and just looking for for-rent apartment signs, and then they try and go and talk with the landlord there,” said Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Michael Loria. “Sometimes landlords are ok with it. Sometimes they're not.”

Rundown host Erin Allen talks with Loria about his recent reporting on where migrants are living and the myriad ways they’re getting there. We also hear from environment reporter Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco about the botched plan to put up shelters in Brighton Park and that community’s reaction to living near a site that state regulators recently deemed toxic.

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