Helping Homeless People in Extreme Cold
Temperatures across Illinois have continued to dip into the single digits and for people experiencing homelessness, this type of weather can be life-threatening. Volunteers and shelters around Illinois have worked to get people housed and provide warm clothing. However, there are simply now enough places for people to go — and that has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting capacity and closing many warming centers that would otherwise have been open.
The 21st heard from shelters and advocates about how to help support people who are experiencing homelessness through the pandemic and cold temperatures.
Kay Larrick, Executive Director, Carpenter's Place (Rockford)
Matt Burgess, Chief Operating Officer, Home Sweet Home Ministries (Bloomington)
Robert Henderson, Grassroots Leader, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
James enjoyed a bountiful breakfast from Rockford Country Club – egg bake, potatoes, bacon, croissants and cinnamon rolls! pic.twitter.com/q3Y84nnEjt— Carpenter's Place (@CPbringsHope) February 8, 2021
Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi
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