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28Nov 2017

Cappleman’s post Uptown Tent City reality

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Sleeping Rough|0 Comments

Shame on 46th Ward Alderman Cappleman

Join me and pray for -every- alderman and the Mayor to find out, the hard way if necessary, exactly how painful and scary being homeless is, please. Pray for realistic and compassionate laws and the properly prioritized and honest support of our elected officials.


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24Nov 2017

Politicians deceiving the public with Tiny Homes

By | November 24th, 2017|Categories: Tiny House|0 Comments

Homeless man in Uptown filling out a rental application, together with all his possessions

Failing homeless purposely with strategic dishonesty

Previously we learned, while Alderman Cappleman and Mayor Emanuel were busy violently wiping homeless encampments off the map of Chicago, they were already plotting their next planned failure for people experiencing homelessness, Tiny Homes.

More than 80,000 people experience homelessness annually in Chicago. The City’s viaduct homelessness pilot program housed less than 75 of them, a success rate of less than one one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%). I’m guessing few of us bringing such a success rate to our employers would face continued employment.

This is the challenge Chicago politicians rise without delay to, how to fail miserably and LIE to Chicago residents (their employers) that they are succeeding, that they care, and/or that they are doing something realistic to help.

Rather than followup with a larger, more effective program to house homeless people, the City’s answer is another inconsequential pilot program that will likely house even less or probably NO currently homeless people, Tiny Homes.

My belief is that housing NO currently homeless people is the goal of the City of Chicago Tiny Homes initiative.

Tiny Homes as envisioned by the City

Tiny Homes for the homeless sounds like a great concept, doesn’t it?

We’ve all seen many pictures of cute and pretty cool tiny homes. Wonderful, if you are somewhere between retirees from the North Shore or tech employed millennials seeking a simpler, scaled down and more affordable home. Still, this housing need shouldn’t be a publicly funded priority. These homes have nothing to do with housing the homeless. They are not an alternative to Tent Cities or Shelters.

Cappleman, Emanuel, their complicit aldermen (in other words, all of them) and their complicit non-profits should NOT be using the misery of people experiencing homelessness to further their phony, corrupt, insignificant or naive goals.

BootStrap Villages, the tiny home group Cappleman promotes, is planning on homes, modeled after other tiny homes that cost/sell for for $45,000-$65,000. The City of Chicago is gearing up to allow a zoning variance for a 5-6 home pilot program in Englewood and perhaps other locations. Credible sources say no other zoning for Tiny Homes will be allowed until after (if ever) the pilot and certainly not the type of zoning homelessness advocates believe is essential to help homeless people right now.

The scale of these type of plans is comedy at the public’s expense, considering the true scale and nature of the homelessness crisis in Chicago. Additionally, with a rigorous application process, accepting only residents prepared for home ownership, and making payments such as $300/month, who is fooled that this will help the homeless in any appreciable way?

Like the City’s viaduct homelessness pilot program housing people for up to 2 years, the City’s Tiny Homes initiative will make not even a drop in the bucket of homelessness in Chicago. It is an insult to anyone that can read. Cappleman’s expensive splashy video and TV circuit promotion makes it even more insulting.

Homelessness exists in crisis proportions

Homelessness is a right now, in your face, personal emergency. It is not fun, your problems have no patience. This is what Chicago government doesn’t seem to get or more accurately likely, doesn’t give a hoot about.

The Mayor and every single alderman, and I mean every one of them without exception, are completely detached from their humanity. To them, the value of life, as shown by their actions, is ZERO.

If these politicians had an ounce of human compassion, they would right now, today, in emergency fashion, in every ward and every neighborhood in the City use their full time attention, resources and funding to solve this crisis. They wouldn’t stop doing something about homelessness for one day, they would drop everything else. If they had empathy capabilities, they would understand this is exactly the type of emergency homelessness is. You can’t do anything effectively without a home.

They would pass every law necessary (they are law makers after all) and do everything from bringing in thousands of FEMA trailers to opening every vacant building to house the homeless. They have the funds, resources and power to do this. They choose not to.

The facts are that excuses and corruptions fill the spots where their human compassion should be. Purposeful, naive or deluded, it doesn’t matter, the lack of their real actions tells the story.

Tiny Homes envisioned by homelessness advocates

In consideration of reality, Tent Cities were a useful release valve for people experiencing homeless that couldn’t or wouldn’t absorb into the present homelessness system. No rigorous application, no income, no credit worthiness or legal status were necessary. If you were living on a sidewalk or sleeping on a train, if you had no spot on the face of the earth to call your home, you had one in an instant. Emergency at bay.

Horrible alternative? Yes, of course. There isn’t a homeless advocate that doesn’t want true and real housing for everyone. Housing is a human right! At the same time, we all said among ourselves, if we only had land and could build semi-permanent structures, this would be an immediate start and somewhere community and case management could be fostered.

The city needs to provide free land in every ward, period. Zoning is needed now for tiny homes as low as 100 square feet. Plumbing and sanitation facilities need to be in a common use building, not in the individual homes. Per home costs need to be less than $5,000.

There is more of course, but the whole point is to quickly address an emergency, not shore up the tax base. The point is to facilitate groups that are ready now to act. The point is NOT to do something in scale that 100 years from now, might be noticed as a blip. The point is NOT to set up a system that guarantees failure.

Tiny Homes could be a Godsend, an incredible major part of the solution for homelessness in Chicago, but not as Chicago City Council has designed and handicapped them.

I’m biased and I make no bones about it. I’m a Jewish follower of Jesus. I have yet to find in the Bible anything that remotely suggests building ice skating rinks, Ferris wheels or luxury housing before housing, feeding and caring for the least among us is the correct priority. Faith and non-faith advocacy groups alike will surely have a variety of motivations and solutions, but one thing a majority of the population is in agreement with is, the problem of homelessness needs to be solved, and sooner than later.

Chicago city government misprioritizes its responsibilities, both human and financial, and frankly is quite dishonest about it. Tiny Homes in all their forms are probably some kind of a positive contribution to Chicago’s housing stock but the forms the Chicago City Council are endorsing will not help homelessness. Our government deceives us and should be held accountable.

Join me and pray for -every- alderman and the Mayor to find out, the hard way if necessary, exactly how painful and scary being homeless is, please. Pray for realistic and effective Tiny Homes laws and the properly prioritized and honest support of our elected officials.


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19Nov 2017

Would Jesus give this man a smoke?

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Sleeping Rough|0 Comments

I believe he would

I did, along with a cup of coffee. I woke up late today, missed church. Instead, I met my new friend DW filling out a rental application in front of Uplift High School.

It’s a new friendship, he hasn’t opened up yet. He was sitting there with 2 big plastic garbage cans, filled with bags and milk crates of all his earthly possessions. It was 31 degrees Fahrenheit outside and sunny thankfully. Beautiful day, but still you wouldn’t want to live outside in it.

My heart pours out when I meet someone like DW, obviously in housing distress. You want so bad to help but you may not have built the relationship and gained the trust yet. I don’t know DW’s story and how I might be able to help in a more concrete way.

Still, I think he appreciated the friendship, coffee and smoke, and I am 100% confident Jesus would have done the same. I tell you this not to call attention to my actions, but to encourage yours.

Make a friend today, it’s not hard or expensive. More than likely anywhere but surely in Uptown, you won’t run out of new friends.

Join me and pray for DW and others like him, please. Ask God to help us make new friends.


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26Oct 2017

City continues to throw away homeless possessions

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Sleeping Rough|0 Comments

A suitcase and some cardboard for sleeping, hidden in some bushes in Uptown Chicago.

Chicago Police Department and Chicago Park District continues their heartless assaults on homeless people

Wondered how things were going for viaduct eviction refugees living outside in or near the park? Not too good.

I have heard from several sources living in breakdown every day status in the park that some days ago they were woken up at 3:00am and forced to pack up and move. One man that I know of lost his tent then.

Now, even worse, the City has managed to grab a bunch of people’s possessions and throw them away, including tents and EVERYTHING they own.

Sounded like some were sick, and the stress of it all has at least one woman considering going to the hospital tonight.

I wish I could share more details and photos but people already living as targets for the City’s heartlessness need our protection.

The City of Chicago really is cruel. So much for social worker leaders…


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22Oct 2017

Parable of the Good Samaritan & Homeless People

By | October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Activism|0 Comments

Feeding neighbors experiencing homelessness at the recent Uptown Tent City evictions.

Fund raising & protesting for homeless people without housing, feeding or clothing them is passing by them on the other side of the road, unmerciful and not neighborly

This is pretty basic theology, even secular ethics. Don’t be an organization with Reverend, Pastor, Minister, Rabbi, etc. on your Board of Directors and let your organization pass by people who really need help, all the while your corporate bank account goes cha-ching.

Luke 10:25-37 NIV
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


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