Many Chicago-area homeless shelters at capacity due to cold

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As temperatures plunged into the single digits this week, Chicago-area homeless shelters saw the season's first wave of people seeking refuge from the bitter cold.

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Chicago Cop

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Jan 3, 2008
 
soon you be complaining its to hot ...
Allie

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Jan 3, 2008
 
Such an unkind response. It IS heartless and public areas are open to the public, homeless or not. If you don't want homeless people in your public areas, help them find someplace else to be and some other means to survive.
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Jan 3, 2008
 
I wish I could do more for these people, well most of them...it's so hard to help nowardays since you don't know if they are truly hungry or looking for booze etc....I do what I can, that's all that matters. My kids get mad when I don't pullover to give people rides etc but they are learnign that you can't just put yourself out there like that....you give them some lose change or buy them something to eat but you can't just trust people because you want too...stay warm...EVERYONE
Pete

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Jan 3, 2008
 
Anyone who thinks this is heartless has obviously never dealt directly with the problems of the homeless. They merely say that someone else should help them, or worse they hand homeless people cash.
lary jackson

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Jan 3, 2008
 
It's an indictment of a system that allows people to freeze to death. Charity can only do so much. The utility companies have to meet their share of social responsibility.

School gymns need to be used. Anything that can hold a ccivil temperature as well as shopping malls need to be mandated by law to shelter people.
James

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Jan 3, 2008
 
If illegal immigrants can make it in the U.S so can these lazy homeless bums.
Huckabee 2008

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Jan 4, 2008
 
politwriter wrote:
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Maybe if the illegal alien influx weren't driving down wage rates for unskilled labor and if the globalists hadn't shipped so many American blue-collar jobs overseas, many actual Americans wouldn't be in these conditions.
Many of the shelters, particularly the churches in the NW suburbs, let them sleep, but toss them out into the cold streets at around 7 am.
Up there, a church will do it 1 night a week, so then they have to trek, sometimes miles to the next night's church. How can you expect someone to go job hunting under those conditions?
This is reminiscent of George Orwell's personal plight in England during the Great Depression of the 1930s as he chronicled in "Down and Out in Paris and London."
One of the reasons I like Mike Huckabee is he is the only Republican candidate saying that we must address poverty and homelessness....we can no longer ignore it. We republicans need to get back to our compassionate roots. The bleeding-heart liberals would rather toss our tax dollars at worthless government-run programs that put money in the hands of people who abuse the system, rather than give that funding to faith-based organizations who can and do a much better job of getting help to those who truly need it.
He who knows

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Feb 6, 2013
 
Chicago is not a good place to be homeless at all, especially because of the long, hard winters. But there is a way out for homeless people, which is a shame that likely homeless people are too chicken to attempt. The Des Plaines, DuPage, and Fox Rivers, much to people's surprise, are part of the Mississippi River drainage basin. If you tie a few logs together to make a raft and ride one of those rivers, you will end up eventually in the Illinois River, which flows southwest until it empties into the Mississippi River, which in turn flows south right to the Gulf of Mexico. And one city that has a very mild climate and in fact straddles the Mississippi River is New Orleans, Louisiana. Baton Rouge is also another option.
PEllen

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Feb 6, 2013
 
He who knows wrote:
Chicago is not a good place to be homeless at all, especially because of the long, hard winters. But there is a way out for homeless people, which is a shame that likely homeless people are too chicken to attempt. The Des Plaines, DuPage, and Fox Rivers, much to people's surprise, are part of the Mississippi River drainage basin. If you tie a few logs together to make a raft and ride one of those rivers, you will end up eventually in the Illinois River, which flows southwest until it empties into the Mississippi River, which in turn flows south right to the Gulf of Mexico. And one city that has a very mild climate and in fact straddles the Mississippi River is New Orleans, Louisiana. Baton Rouge is also another option.
1. Huck Finn was fictional
2. Huck Finn was written before the Army Corp of Engineers built the locks and dams
3. If you are indeed from Cicero, then check why the town of Lockport is so named. You can visit the impediment to your suggestion - it is just south of I-80 near Joliet.
4.There is an electric barrier for Asian carp which may also prove an issue.
Guardian of the Homeless

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Jul 24, 2013
 
Has anyone heard of http://www.theremnanthouseliving.org/ aka http://www.theremnanthouseliving.com/ ?

I know many 'ministries' claim to follow Isaiah 58 regarding taking in the homeless into their own home, but instead send them to a shelter.

I could not get enough info from this site, and I fear the owner might 'say anything' to get a donation, so I am soliciting outside feedback on what, exactly, this ministry does before either I contribute ot before I suggest it to a friend.
He who knows

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Aug 3, 2013
 
PEllen wrote:
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1. Huck Finn was fictional
2. Huck Finn was written before the Army Corp of Engineers built the locks and dams
3. If you are indeed from Cicero, then check why the town of Lockport is so named. You can visit the impediment to your suggestion - it is just south of I-80 near Joliet.
4.There is an electric barrier for Asian carp which may also prove an issue.
That is why there is a thing called portage. You simply go to one end of the dam where there is actual land, and carry/drag the raft over the embankment around the dam, slide it back into the water below the dam, and continue on. It is that simple. Another option is to wait for the locks to open for a boat/ship/barge to pass through, and then you pass through the open locks until you are past the dam and continue downstream.
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Aug 3, 2013
 
There is also Hickory Creek, which runs through the far south suburbs and completely bypasses Brandon Dam.

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