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Chicago’s Homeless: Hope for the Future

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Rodney Carter tells his story of life on the streets. (Photo: Caitlin Hacker)

In any given year, between 2.5 million and 3.5 million people in the United States live on the streets, not knowing where their next meal will come from or bed will be.

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Willy Wilkn sells StreetWise on Michigan Avenue. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)

People just like Chicago’s Rodney Carter and Willy Wilkn.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Caitlin Hacker, Manuel Argueta and Jessica Ernst interviewed Jenkins, Wilkn and other Chicagoans who recounted how they became homeless, how they survive the brutal winters and how others treat them.

They also interviewed workers from Cafe Too, a restaurant that hires homeless people to help them earn a living and get off of the streets.

Audio Slideshow: Chicago’s homeless tell their stories, and an employee at Cafe Too talks about the journey out of homelessness. Music provided rights-free by PodSafeAudio.com.

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