CHICAGO -- By one estimate, more than 80,000 Chicagoans are struggling with homelessness. About 18,000 of them are Chicago Public School students.
Think about it--that would be the entire population of a city like Champaign.
There are many reasons why people end up living on the streets; job loss, illness, soaring rents, and falling income.
Housing advocates say it’s a growing problem, and agree that Chicago needs more affordable housing.
In a two-part Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall looks at homelessness from Chicago to Detroit. She traveled to the Motor City to see what Chicago might learn from a housing experiment with tiny homes to give some residents a path out of poverty.
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WATCH PART I: Fighting Homelessness: 'What we're going through right now, I don't wish that on anyone'
Producer Pam Grimes and Photojournalists Mike D'Angelo, Reed Nolan and Kevin Doellmann contributed to these reports.