City to privatize some homeless transport services and boost programs for youths

Source: Fran Spielman,, August 23, 2012

Chicago will privatize overnight transport services for the homeless and use the $1.7 million savings to reduce “youth homelessness” that impacts more than 17,000 Chicago Public School students living “doubled up” with other families. Last year, a mid-year cut in state funding forced Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lay off 24 city employees who worked the overnight shift picking up homeless residents and transporting them to shelters…Now, the city is getting out of the “human services mobile outreach” business that includes overnight transport, well-being checks and delivery of food boxes. The job will be done by Catholic Charities, which has promised to do it cheaper.

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