Addressing Homelessness Under Viaducts
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Due to a coalition that I spearheaded, the Mayor just announced a major change in the City's approach to addressing homelessness. For years I have advocated for the City to make our homeless residents a priority by using a plan that shows long term results. In the past, our challenge has been the many barriers that chronically homeless individuals face within the shelter system. A pilot project that will permanently house people immediately and will include social services for each individual is now underway, starting with the homeless encampments in Uptown along Lake Shore Drive. I want to thank Doug Shenkelberg from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for his organization's leadership in working with me to advance this proven model as a priority for the City of Chicago in helping the residents that live in encampments. 

Two weeks ago, the Dept. of Family & Support Services assessed the specific needs of approximately 75 people living along Lake Shore Drive, and work is now underway to get them into housing within the next 90 days. The City will take what is learned from this effort and duplicate it in other parts of the City where there are other homeless encampments. 

I don't expect this to be a one time fix. The long term solution for our city, is to make affordable housing a top priority. This is the only way we can reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness. For now, I will monitor this pilot project and assist in finding funding to make sure it is successful here and throughout Chicago.



Residents with any questions or concerns are encouraged to meet with Ald. James Cappleman any Monday evening from 5pm - 7pm. Larger residential buildings and neighborhood organizations can also contact the office at 773-878-4646 and ask for Theodora to set up a time when Ald. Cappleman can meet with them.

A few months ago, the Chicago Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) made the suggestion to close this slip lane (the lane that allows cars heading north on Halsted to make a sharp right turn onto Broadway just south of Grace). CDOT is in the process of removing all slip lanes throughout the City due to safety concerns for pedestrians. A number of residents and business owners have sent in letters to the 46th Ward Office to protest CDOT's plan to close this lane. Ald. Cappleman supports the request of the neighbors and has forwarded their complaints to CDOT.  CDOT is continuing to research this area and will provide more detailed findings regarding the use and safety of this intersection within the next 2 months. Ald. Cappleman will keep residents updated on this. 

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Friday, May 6 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Christopher House at 4701 N. Winthrop
Share a magical evening with your little girl... music, dancing, dinner, dessert table, and pictures. Girls may be escorted by dad, grandfather, uncle, or any other male adult. Tickets are $20 a couple and $10 for each additional child.

When: Tuesday, May 17 from 11am - 3pm
Where: Clarendon Park Community Center at 4501 N. Clarendon
To purchase a vehicle sticker, bring your 2016 Chicago City Vehicle Sticker courtesy reminder form. If it's lost, bring your State Vehicle Registration ID Card, which includes your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). No cash payments will be accepted this year. 

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