Homeless advocacy group seeks to buy suburban motel

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO)—A program in DuPage County to protect homeless families from COVID has worked so well there are plans to make it permanent.

Rather than putting homeless families in shelters, where the risk of contracting COVID is higher, a group called DuPagePads has arranged for families to stay in hotel rooms.

The organization's president and CEO, April Redzic, on Tuesday said the program has also reduced mental health issues and encouraged more homeless families to seek help in finding affordable housing.

Now, DuPagePads plans to put federal and county funds toward buying a Red Roof Inn in Downers Grove that would serve as a permanent facility.

She said $1.5 million in additional private donations are still needed to buy the hotel.