A 72 bed shelter in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago is at risk of closing due to the Illinois Governor and State Legislator failing to pass a budget. Located in the People's Church at 941 W Lawrence Avenue, the shelter is run by the Interim Housing Program of North Side Housing and Supportive Services. The executive director and board have stated that they will have to close the facility if the state does not pass a budget by July 31st.
The shelter is open 365 days a year; and in the past year,more than 320 different men spent a total of 18,000 nights at the shelter even during the year's coldest most brutal months. Hundreds of Uptown's homeless have had to sleep outside this past winter. With another large shelter closing due to a lack of priorities by the people in charge of our state, scores of more people will be sleeping outside in tents or on the bare ground.
If the shelter closes this will also have effect on the other services and programs that are managed out of the building. They will be adversely impacted or will cease to exist if the shelter falls through.
Please join with Uptown Tent City, community activists and others in raising money to keep this facility open longer til the state government gets it act together and finds funding for our most vulnerable community members. People should not have to go hungry or sleep outside because of bad politics.