(CBS) — Young people aged 14 to 21 comprise nearly 10 percent of Chicago’s homeless population.
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards caught up with one of them at a South Side shelter. The streets have been this young man’s life since he was 19, he says.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Shower Chance By Daybreak
He was waiting for the doors to open at Ujima Village. Ujima is a principle of Kwanzaa, collective work and responsibility.READ MORE: Postal Worker Tells CBS 2 Staffing Issues Due To Federal Leave, Prioritization Of Package Delivery Are In Part To Blame For Persistent Mail Problems
The colder it gets the more traffic there is.
“There’s only 24 beds. When there’s 30 people, you got to do a lottery. So, six people get turned around, if they don’t get picked,” the homeless man tells Edwards.MORE NEWS: Shock And Outrage In Humboldt Park At Death Of Young Parents Yasmin Perez, Gyovanny Arzuaga In Shooting Called 'Execution-Style'
It’s a Lotto, where you’re in – or out in the cold.