City of Joliet Leaves Homeless Out in Blizzard!!!
Despite advanced warning of life-threatening conditions, the City of Joliet blatantly ignored its homeless population. The third worst blizzard to hit Illinois, dumped a foot or more of snow driven by winds of up to 60mph, creating wind-chill temperatures well below zero, and the city did not call cold shelter.
During severe weather the homeless shelters wait, for beauracrats, to issue the cold shelter warning. Without it, the homeless are left to fend for themselves. But between the governor calling for a state of emergency at 6am, and the early closings of schools, business’, and even the library, the city STILL hadn’t called cold shelter by 5pm. Repeated calls to the police and mayor’s office, garnered nothing more than demeaning responses.
By three o’clock, most of the homeless had sought shelter in their regular spots; tents in the woods, under bridges, trespassing in junkyards and some even trespass in hallways and parking garages, knowing they risked being arrested. (If arrested, at least they would have been indoors)
We here at the Watcher, urge all residents to call the mayor’s office, email and call your councilmen/women, tell them all they will not get your vote this spring. Tell them how ashamed they should be. Tell them how ashamed you are for their actions. (Or in this case, inactions.)
It’s time for a change in Joliet, and this spring is the time to do it.