Here’s how to help people who are homeless during the polar vortex.
As the historic polar vortex hits the Midwest, some places might feel as cold as -60°F. Officials are warning people to stay inside as much as they can — but what about people who have no place to go?
Roughly 553,000 people experienced homelessness each night in 2018, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates more than 80,000 people are experiencing homelessness in their city alone.
Associate Director of Policy Mary Tarullo says that calling 311 and local social services can help combat the dangerous conditions many of these people are facing.
“The social service agencies that work with people experiencing homelessness do amazing work and save lives,” she stated. “And so finding the agency in your area that you would like to support we absolutely encourage that.”
Helping people financially where you can also helps, as well as remembering that many of the people on the streets who are asking for money have desperately trying to find shelter from the cold.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is also trying to pass a tax in Chicago which would raise money for sustainable housing. The campaign, called Bring Chicago Home, would implement a one-time tax on homes worth more than $1 million.