(CBS) — From a ward of the state, to a community activist, a Chicago man is leading a “sleep-out” to highlight homelessness.

CBS tagged along with Steve Ivy Tuesday night as he made his way to the intersection of Michigan and Pearson.

Ivy, who is a city employee, will spend the next five nights living with the homeless. He hopes this will raise awareness and money for his program to help feed the homeless.

“It’s going to be hard for me, no phone, no cell phone, no cash no credit cards,” Ivy said. “I took off three days of work, so I’m going to be out here living in the same situation as they are help get a better understanding of how they live on a day to day basis so that I can better help them.”

During his ride along Tuesday, Ivy showed CBS 2 a few abandoned homes. He would like the city to convert those buildings to better serve homeless services.