Thursday, October 30, 2008

UPDATED: Homeless Shelter On Endangered List

UPDATE 11/21/2008: SEE "R.E.S.T. STOPPED: CHICAGO ALDERMEN DENY HOMELESS SHELTER" Big meeting at 48th Ward Alderman Mary Ann Smith's office on Wednesday night, October 29. The subject: The fate of a homeless shelter in Edgewater. News-Star's Lorraine Swanson was there, and she has the report. The Bench was there, too, and we've got exclusive photos of the standing room-only event (click images to enlarge them). Residents jammed into Ald. Mary Ann Smith's 48th ward service office at 5533 N. Broadway on Wednesday night to discuss the imminent closing of the neighborhood's only homeless shelter. This Saturday, the homeless shelter at Epworth United Methodist Church at Kenmore and Berwyn will close its doors after serving at that location for more than 20 years. For the past nine years, the Uptown social service organization REST-Residents for Effective Shelter Transitions-has operated the 65-bed overnight shelter for men. Within the past year, Uptown and Edgewater have lost 115 beds with the closing of two other overnight shelters. The Rev. Joe Johnson has said that Epworth can no longer afford to keep the shelter at the church. FULL STORY at News-Star...