Living on the Streets of Chicago in the Winter

When the polar vortex hit Chicago, it was the homeless who were hit the worst. While most of us stayed in the warmth of our homes, cars, or offices on those days, thousands of homeless, unable to find space in emergency shelters or warming centers, were left on their own, to defend against the cold, and possible death. The large tent city at Ruble and Roosevelt sits off the highway and offers no barrier against the cold winds. In other parts of the city, the homeless hunker down under bridges and viaducts. They often use their limited funds for the warmth of CTA trains and sleep near heating vents. It’s pure survival mode. And, when there is not enough room in shelters and warming centers, t

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