Finding a ‘Place:’ Helping homeless women in Chicago

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Thousands of people in Chicago have no place to live. While the state’s budget stalemate drags on, organizations that help the homeless population are struggling to maintain services.

In this WGN-TV Cover Story, Gaynor Hall takes us inside Deborah’s Place for a look at the challenges and the rewards.

“When they support Deborah’s Place, they’re not giving to charity,” says Audrey Thomas, CEO of Deborah’s Place. “They are making an investment in human capital.”

Deborah’s Place provides more than 300 women with permanent supportive housing in Chicago. Connie Jane Jamison shuttled from shelter to shelter before she got the referral to Deborah’s Place. Now, she lives in a tidy studio apartment at the East Garfield Park location.

“Things change in everyone’s life. Sometimes you go through the lows. Then we come back pretty strong,” said Jamison.

Deborah’s Place is holding its annual ‘Opening Doors’ benefit on Friday, June 10th at Venue One in Chicago. For tickets and more information: www.deborahsplace.org

Photojournalists Steve Scheuer and Mike D’Angelo contributed to this story