(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Advocates for the homeless are giving Mayor Lori Lightfoot failing grades for policies that were supposed to help get people off the streets.
The Bring Chicago Home Coalition gives the mayor F's and D’s, they say for not dedicating an ongoing revenue stream for permanent housing.
They also fault her for sweeping encampments without permanent options and for failing to address an estimated 18,000 homeless students.
The coalition is pushing the mayor to support a referendum on the November ballot that would raise the real estate transfer tax and use the funds for affordable housing.
A Lightfoot spokeswoman says the mayor has been committed to addressing homelessness, with $202 million in this year’s budget for those needs such as rapid rehousing, wraparound services and permanent supportive housing.