Salvation Army opens emergency center in freezing cold Chicago

Organizations in Chicago are trying to beat the sunset and get homeless people off the streets and into a safe, warm place Wednesday night.

The Salvation Army makes sure everyone has a roof over their head during the extreme cold.

The organization opened a new emergency shelter at the Salvation Army Freedom Center in partnership with the city.


Called Harbor Light Emergency Homeless Shelter, it provides beds for 99 men. But that’s not all.

Each person who stays here will also receive three meals a day, clothing, hygiene products, medical care and Covid-19 safety kits.

While the shelter is currently at capacity, the Salvation Army Warming Center opened Tuesday evening without an appointment, located at 825 N. Christiana Ave., Humboldt Park – it will operate 24 hours a day. .

Men and women who need a safe place to stay are welcome from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

“It means a lot to people. A lot of people who come to us are on their last, last effort. They’re out, they’re on the streets. They’ve lost hope. What we hope to do is bring hope back because as long as you have hope, there is a chance,” said Leon Denton, divisional director of social services for the Salvation Army.

“Everyone deserves to have a warm bed, food and everything they need to continue earning a living.”

If you are looking for a warm and safe place to stay, just dial 3-1-1 and you will be connected to a shelter and available transportation services.

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