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I have worked hard to encourage the City of Chicago to adopt a housing first model to reduce the number of people living with homelessness after noticing its success in other parts of the country. This strategy works best when two components are in place: a sufficient amount of subsidized housing coupled with wrap-around services. The most difficult piece to this model is having a dedicated source of funding to make an investment for long-term cost savings. I’m working with Mayor Emanuel to have a steady stream of funds available so that we can remain focused on housing. Some of this funding will be through a 4% surcharge for a new Airbnb Ordinance and there will be some additional funding coming from the Clarendon-Montrose TIF development.

Our pilot program to get 70 people living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive directly into housing is now underway. We have had a number of meetings with housing advocates, the folks living under the viaducts, city departments, and other community leaders to create a plan that will work. After all of these individuals without homes are in their new apartments, the Dept. of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will assess what worked well with this project and where improvements can be made. Afterwards, DFSS will select more areas throughout the city where people are living outside in encampments to implement this housing-first strategy. 

How You Can Help
I’ve asked Inspiration Corporation to help me with a “New Home Starter Kit” drive. This starter kit will provide these 70 individuals going into new apartments with some of the needed supplies to start life in their new homes. To organize this process of purchasing this starter kit, my office has created a registry with Target. If you’re able to help, please click here to go to the registry and purchase needed items that will assist these individuals start their new life in an apartment. Inspiration Corporation will host a day at their Uptown headquarters where you will be invited to help put these starter kits together so that they can be distributed.

A substantial number of people living on the streets have told me that they became homeless right after they were released from Cook County Jail with no employment or disability in place and no family available to help them start over again. Without these necessary supports in place, it’s no wonder why we have such a high recidivism rate in our prisons. Later this month, I will be meeting with Cook County Sheriff Dart’s Office, DFSS, and the Dept. of Public Health to discuss how a more effective transition could be made when people are released from jail. 

I am pleased that so much is coming together to help those in need. It's a very complex process, but lasting solutions require thoughtful planning with everyone working together.




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.

Since last Friday afternoon, Sheridan Park has experienced 3 shootings. Commander Cesario and Captain Gonzalez have told me that these incidents are currently under investigation. They do have video footage and some leads that they are examining. This type of violence is both senseless and unacceptable. I've already been in discussion with the Sheridan Park Neighbors Association to schedule a Meet & Greet with neighbors to explore ways we can strengthen our community to work together to stand up to violence. If you would like help organizing an event on your street or neighborhood organization, please contact my office at If you have any additional information on these shooting, please contact the 19th District CAPS Office at 312-744-0064 or
-Ald. James Cappleman

Alderman James Cappleman and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) convened two stakeholder meetings including representatives from the East Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Northalsted Business Alliance, East Lakeview Neighbors, and local property owners to discuss changes to the intersection of Halsted Street, Grace Street, and Broadway in February and May of 2016.

In December 2015, CDOT closed the right turn slip lane from northbound Halsted to southbound Broadway and prohibited right turns in order to reduce conflicts between people walking and people driving at this complex intersection. Signage was installed restricting this movement in order to phase in the slip lane closure. Traffic counts performed in the fall of 2015 demonstrated that the slip lane was infrequently utilized – 4% of motorists entered it during the hour of observed heaviest usage. As part of an upcoming resurfacing project on Broadway, curb and sidewalk would be installed in the slip lane to create new pedestrian space.

Based on feedback received from local stakeholders, CDOT conducted additional traffic observations and evaluated alternatives to the full restriction of right turns from northbound Halsted to southbound Broadway. In the revisions presented to Alderman Cappleman and the stakeholder group, CDOT will close the slip lane in the short term with signage and flex posts and install concrete during planned resurfacing, as proposed in prior plans, but motorists will be allowed to turn right onto southbound Broadway around the tip of the existing island/future sidewalk extension once signage is updated. Trucks will not be permitted to perform this maneuver. The stakeholders approved the revised design.

New signage and flex posts will be installed in the short term. Installation of concrete improvements will occur with the resurfacing project following the completion of an upcoming Department of Water Management project currently scheduled for summer 2016.


When: Friday, June 3 from 10am - 2pm
Where: Uptown Baptist Church, Lower Lever, 1011 W. Wilson
The Cook County Sheriff's Dept is screening for correctional officers, St. Joseph Community Services is hiring CNAs/RNs; Grand Prarie Transit is hiring school bus drivers/bus monitors. 

When: Friday, June 3 from 5:30pm - 7pm
Where: City of Chicago City Hall, 1st floor at 121 N. LaSalle Street
Come meet the 32 students photographers from Goudy School and Latin School and view the amazing images they captured during one week in Uptown. All photos are from a photojournalism project in which middle school students as they get at the heart of this complex and beautiful neighborhood.

When: Wednesday, June 8 - Friday, June 10
Where: Institute of Cultural Affairs at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd
This conference will focus on social sustainability with panelists representing many different perspectives - academic, community practitioner, and policy. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

When: June 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm
Where: Uptown Underground at 4707 N. Broadway
Favorite local clown troupe, The Ruffians, present a true story based on the life of one of Chicago's most eccentric city councilmen, Bathhouse John, trying to do good with dirty hands. For more information, click here.

Click here to view the dates and locations for CAPS meetings in your area.
Efforts to promote public safety work best when the police, residents, businesses, building managers, schools, social services, places of worship, and elected officials all work together.

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