From Ald. Cappleman's recent newsletter:
"UPDATE ON NORTHSIDE SHELTER CLOSING. Ald. Cappleman learned of the Northside Housing shelter's budget crisis from the organization's announcement in September after they had already made the decision to close.
By that time, the Board of Directors of the Northside Housing shelter, located at 941 W. Lawrence, made the decision to let their City contract lapse because they were unable to raise money or obtain grants for an additional $100,000 in funds needed for salary increases, staff benefits, and some infrastructure improvements.
During a meeting that our office finally secured with Northside Housing after the announcement, Alderman Cappleman offered to find the funding needed for the shelter to at least stay open through the spring, if not indefinitely, Richard Ducatenzeiler, Executive Director of Northside Housing, stated that the board had already made the decision to close.
The last day of the shelter's operations will be Friday, Dec. 23. According to the Department of Family and Support Services, less than 15 men now remain in their 72-bed shelter and all remaining men will have the option of transferring to another shelter. With the closing of this location, the Uptown community has 5 remaining shelters in the area."