A recent report by the University of Chicago’s Center for Health, Justice, and Equity examined the city’s treatment of homeless people, and found that its homeless population is on the rise, even as its economic growth is slowing.
The report found that in 2016, nearly 1,300 people were homeless, and the city has more than 200,000 homeless people in shelters.
“The homeless population in Chicago is on track to rise to over 100,000 in 2021, according to the Center for Housing Studies,” the report stated.
“While the city is a very diverse city, with diverse populations, many of the homeless are of a low socioeconomic status, with a history of homelessness and are not seeking public assistance.”
The report’s authors also found that the city spent more than $15 million in 2016 on its shelters, but that more than 2,500 homeless people were housed in the same facilities.
The researchers, led by Dr. Daniel Katz, wrote that the study “suggests that Chicago is still in the throes of a significant homelessness crisis, which may be exacerbated by a lack of appropriate and affordable housing options and a dearth of housing options for the chronically homeless.”
The authors wrote that it is not just Chicago that has the problem of homelessness.
In the US, cities including New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Houston have similar problems, as well as some smaller cities such as Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, and Chicago.
The authors pointed out that the current homeless crisis in Chicago has resulted in a “massive loss of housing” and “a significant increase in homelessness, especially among youth.”
They also noted that the cost of living in the city was higher in 2016 than any other time in the last 30 years, as is the fact that the housing crisis has “increased the vulnerability of the chronically poor and people of color.”
While the study found that homelessness was “on track to increase dramatically,” the authors warned that it may take a while to see this trend stop.
Katz said that he is not surprised by the study, given the “large number of homeless persons in shelters and the increasing homelessness that is associated with the aging of the population.”
He said the researchers’ findings could help to guide policymakers in dealing with the homelessness crisis in the country.
“We need to find the best way to move forward in terms of addressing the issues, and there is a clear need to take action to address homelessness, which is the root of the problem,” he said.