Homelessness in Chicago is down 13 percent compared to last year, a new city report shows.
There were 5,889 homeless people in Chicago as of this January, down from 6,786 in 2015, according to the city's annual "point-in-time" homelessness estimates. The numbers are based on a one-night count of homeless individuals in shelters and on the street in January.
"While we are encouraged that we have fewer residents impacted by homelessness this year, our work to address homelessness is not done until every Chicagoan has a place to call home," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who convened a task force in late March aimed at reducing homelessness citywide.
Local housing advocates, meanwhile, say the city's assessment report is not truly reflective of the homelessness problem in Chicago. For example, the count does not capture homeless individuals doubling up in a home with others temporarily.