"Hotel Chateau Update. At yesterday's housing court hearing, Fire Dept inspectors reported that all immediately dangerous and hazardous conditions at the Chateau Hotel have been abated by the new owners. An order was entered to secure and label all vacant residential units at the property, which now include over half of the entire units in the building. The new owner (3838 N. Broadway, LLC) has hired a fire guard and two armed security guards to ensure the building remains safe.
There are around 75 people who continue to live there. The owner has assured me that no one will go to a shelter if they are willing to work with the management to help them locate to safer housing at an affordable price. They have staff in the lobby to help each resident. I will continue to advocate for the remaining residents with the owner and with Catholic Charities to find permanent and safer housing. My office will send a reminder notice for interested residents to attend the next court date (April 4).
Salvation Army Mobile Food Truck. Last week I had a meeting with some representatives from the Salvation Army Mobile Food Truck Unit to discuss how care could be coordinated to people experiencing chronic homelessness in the park along Lake Shore Drive. My focus in that meeting was and will continue to be:
- Making sure no one will ever go without food.
- Coordinating social services in our ward to better assist those in need.
- Develop better strategies and assist those in social services who are focused on helping the people who have been living on the streets for years to have a safer place to live.
There is a protest planned outside Ald. Cappleman's office tonight by people who don't like alderman's stance regarding the Salvation Army truck, and/or the sale of the Hotel Chateau. It's scheduled to begin at 5pm.