From Ald. Cappleman's newsletter today:
"The Lawrence Drive viaduct under DuSable Lake Shore Drive has been cleared of the encampments in order to do required electrical repairs for the lighting that was destroyed by the last two fires that occurred there earlier this year.
CDOT has agreed to fully repair and repaint the viaducts after every fire without the use of 46th Ward menu funds. The repairs are expected to take approximately one week to complete, weather permitting.
Once completed, the people who have been living there can either return back with all of their belongings or accept other options that include offers of permanent housing or opportunities that lead to permanent housing. The Department of Family and Support Services and other social service agencies continue to actively engage with everyone residing other the viaducts and continue to offer services including housing.
Click here for more information about successful strategies put out by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness that have demonstrated success of getting people off the streets and into housing. Ald. Cappleman continues to advocate for the City of Chicago to adopt this same approach."