Joint Statement from Johnson Administration, Chicago Parks District and 29th Ward Alderman Chris Taliaferro Regarding Admundsen Park
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~ The City of Chicago has been working hard to provide temporary shelter and emergency assistance for more than 23,200 asylum seekers who have been bussed or flown to the city from other states since August 2022. To address this humanitarian crisis, the City opened 25 temporary shelters across Chicago, including five Chicago Park District locations. As a result of the decompression of 10 of the 21 Chicago Police Department district locations, there has been a significant reduction in the number of new arrivals sleeping on police station floors, outdoors and at O'Hare and Midway airports. Furthermore, Pastor John Zayas is leading a faith-based initiative at Grace and Peace Church and other clergy to add significant new shelter space. Consequently, Amundsen Park is no longer in consideration for a potential shelter location and programming will resume Monday, December 4. The City will continue to evaluate additional shelter capacity on an ongoing basis and provide updates as necessary.

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