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City putting homeless into Elmhurst's Pan Am Hotel, despite denial

Top official insisted that wouldn't happen in May 22 MidVille meeting

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  • nutrichris posted at 12:44 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    nutrichris Posts: 4

    Why do people think homeless shelters are the answer? They aren’t. Human warehousing is not a solution. The better solution would be for the City to buy up the properties in foreclosure, make whatever repairs are necessary and house families there. Another alternative is to provide rent vouchers.

    Furthermore, the community was promised a renovated hotel, not a homeless shelter. They have every right to be angry. They already have a homeless shelter a block away at Metro Motel. How much of this is one neighborhood expected to absorb?

  • YouthEmpowerment posted at 11:57 pm on Tue, Jun 10, 2014.

    YouthEmpowerment Posts: 1

    We are talking about housing for homeless families who are in desperate need of shelter, why should there be so much disapproval in this act?

    Providing relief to those who need it should be something the community should support, where will the people go without it? The city doesn't meet the needs of homeless and has not been able to get to the root cause of this problem. Due to this lack the city should put more effort into rent assistance and job readiness for the marginalized.

    Another homeless shelter that serves families, single mothers and children as specified by Black from DHS should be something the Elmhurst community should have.

    Just blocks away from the proposed site is New Life Fellowship, which is already helping the poor & marginalized with relief efforts, restoration and the encouragement of reinvestment, through there food and clothing pantry, health center and homeless ministry. The New Life Community Development Corporation is addressing the essentials that the city should take. So why not have the homeless shelter in this neighborhood that is already meeting the needs of those in despair?

    I'm an active citizen from Elmhurst and support this plan.