The city uses nights like tonight to get an accurate count of the homeless living in Chicago. The count happens every two years on nights when it’s cold and people living on the streets often head indoors. Volunteers filled a west side warming center ready to tally the heads of the homeless in Chicago.
Downtown shoppers, newsstand salesmen, cyclists and postmen and women all worked through the wicked weather.
But many are living in the elements 24 hours a day. So the city of Chicago has opened 6 warming centers and 21 senior facilities to take care of the aging and the homeless. 7 cold related deaths in Cook County alone are proof enough the temperatures pose a true threat.
311 phone lines are also open. If you need help, resources are in place so you can get it.