CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite efforts by the city to clear the homeless out of the Wilson Avenue underpass on Lake Shore Drive, a couple remain defiant. WBBM’s Bob Roberts spoke with them.
First, the Salvation Army was told to stop feeding them. Then, says 47-year-old Gregory Guest, Streets and Sanitation crews gave them one hour to clear out or lose their belongings.
Because he refused to believe them, he lost what he had.
“I lost a backpack, clothes, shoes,” said Guest.
Then came police issuing tickets, some of which they have torn up.
Guest slept elsewhere for a few days but is back.
“I’m trying to go home right now. I’m trying to go south,” said Guest. “Alabama, that is where I lived at originally, to my family.”
But he says the cost of mere existence, food and shoes for starters, keep getting in the way of his attempts to save.