A good Samaritan and her friends came to the rescue about 70 homeless people who were brazing the extremely cold weather in the Chicago streets by booking warm and comfortable hotel rooms for their stays.
Candace Payne said she and her husband were worried that the city and charitable organizations wouldn’t have enough resources to get the homeless people out of the cold when the temperatures dropped to life-threatening degrees.
The couple were familiar with the homeless people who stayed at a homeless camp near Roosevelt Road and Des Plaines Avenue because they passed it every time they went to get on the nearby Dan Ryan Expressway.
So they arranged with some of their friends to drive around Chicago, to pick up homeless people, most of who were sleeping in tents near a city expressway, according to Chicago Sun-Times, as well as those who were in shelters and warming up in emergency rooms.
Talking to the Sun-Times, Candace said that it was quite hard to find a hotel to take the homeless. “No one really wanted to allow us to bring them to their establishment. They’d say, ‘Oh, we want a credit card and ID for each person.’ Well, come on now, they’re homeless,” the 34-year-old local real estate developer said.
Luckily, Candace found The Amber Inn located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. This was the only hotel that agreed to take them in and at the cheapest rates.
According to the Sun-Times, Candace and her friends paid for 3 nights, coordinated
meals and brought cold-weather clothing. “This is just regular people trying to
help,” Candace said.
After Candace posted about what she was doing on her Instagram account, more people joined in to help. Some paid for more hotel rooms, donated food, clothes and diapers and some even came to the hotel to help get the homeless people settled.