(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: Jelani Day's Mother 'Pissed' At Authorities' Handling Of Son's Disappearance Before His Body Was Found
He was waiting for the doors to open at Ujima Village. Ujima is a principle of Kwanzaa, collective work and responsibility.READ MORE: Jordan Hassell Charged With Making Multiple Social Media Threats Targeting Chicago Public Schools
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: COVID-19 In Illinois: Case Count Declines For 3rd Consecutive Week; Infection Rate Lowest Since July
It’s a Lotto, where you’re in – or out in the cold.