"I have heard the concerns of protesters planning to march on my home this evening against the CPD sweeps of homeless Chicagoans in the Uptown community.
I will not be at my home at that time, as I will be meeting with constituents at Ward Night in my office, as I always am on Monday evenings from 5-7p.m. I encourage demonstrators to come discuss their concerns with me there.
I share many of the protesters’ concerns about the impact of the police sweeps on our homeless neighbors. Primarily, the sweeps are a short term tactic that do not address the underlying cause of widespread homelessness--a lack of access to safe, clean, affordable housing in our community and across the city.
The number one issue that affects people who are homeless or at risk for becoming is the lack of affordable housing. I continue to advocate for keeping and adding more affordable housing in our community and throughout Chicago by my support of changes to the Affordable Requirements Ordinance that will increase the number of affordable units built as well as increase funding for the Low Income Housing Trust Fund.
Additionally, to make sure that we do not lose our current affordable housing, I have worked with organizations such as One Northside and the Jane Addams Senior Caucus to save over a hundred safe, affordable units owned by Presbyterian Homes.
I have been and continue to be the number one advocate in the City Council to put funding toward the implementation of the City's 2.0 Plan to End Homelessness. This includes making sure the City is equipped to have all social service agencies coordinate services so people do not fall through the cracks, something past consumers noted was a big problem for them getting help.
On November 20, I will co-host the Out in the Open Sleep Out to call attention to the problem of youth homelessness, particularly as it impacts the LGBTQ community. I hope that the individuals involved in today’s march will also stand with all the organizations working together to promote that effort.
I look forward to meeting with constituents that are concerned about this issue at my Ward Night every Monday from 5-7 p.m."