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Oliver Brown

16 Mar 2024

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Chicago’s Migrant Evictions Plan Faces Uncertainty As First Group Set To Exit Shelters

Chicago officials announced on Friday that the city will begin migrant evictions from local shelters starting this weekend. However, significant questions remain around how the process will unfold and what support will be offered to those impacted. After weeks of threats to remove thousands immediately, the city clarified that only 35 individuals will be asked to leave on Sunday.

The sudden change in approach from the initial plans sparked confusion and skepticism from advocates. Many expressed concerns that the late notice left families worried and uncertain. Officials stated the goal is to help migrants achieve “independence” but scant details were provided about job opportunities or housing assistance. Adding to doubts around the strategy is an ongoing measles outbreak at one of the largest shelters.

What’s Next For Those Facing Eviction?

Migrant Evictions

For the initial group of 35 migrants asked to exit shelters this weekend, the city stated they can reapply for space at a centralized “landing zone.” However, questions abound about capacity there and if long-term housing solutions will be accessible. Advocates worry many may simply become homeless with winter ending. The city maintained evictions will continue, totaling over 2,000 people removed from shelters by late April. Yet how this will unfold and the support provided remains vague.

As the first migrant evictions from Chicago shelters commence this weekend, uncertainty and concerns from advocates show the plan’s weaknesses. The city must clarify long-term housing options and support for physical and mental wellbeing. Without such details, critics argue evictions will only exacerbate homelessness and health risks for a vulnerable population. How the city addresses these issues could determine whether its approach helps or hurts those it affects most.

Chicago’s Migrant Evictions Plan Faces Uncertainty As First Group Set To Exit Shelters