The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that, each night, approximately 1,800-3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Chicago. However, there are only 375 units of housing, collectively, for homeless youth in the city.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., local celebrities, business leaders and young professionals are invited to "sleep out" at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron St., in solidarity with Chicago's homeless youth as part of Covenant House Illinois' ( CHIL ) inaugural Sleep Out in downtown Chicago.
Covenant House Illinoislocated at the Lawson House, 30 W. Chicago Ave.is a daytime service center where homeless youth are welcomed into a safe, caring environment where they can access food, showers, laundry services, computers, and beds for rest.
The Sleep Out is a nationwide campaign that takes place at nineteen Covenant House sites throughout North America. Over the course of the last 10 years, Covenant House Sleep Out events have raised over $36 million and have included celebrity participants such as Robin Roberts ( CH New York ) and Nikki Sixx ( CH California ).
For more information, visit CovenantHouseIL.org .