Good Samaritan pays for 70 homeless people to stay in a hotel amid Chicago's deadly freeze

Edduin Carvajal
Feb 01, 2019
03:07 P.M.
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An unknown person is Chicago offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people in the middle of the coldest temperatures that the city has faced in a long time.

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Those 70 homeless people were camping out in tents, something dangerous in normal circumstances and even more risky with -20 Celsius. Some people donated around 150 and 200 propane tanks to keep the homeless people warm.

Unfortunately, one of the cylinders exploded at the encampment as it was too close to a space heater. Even though nobody was hurt, the Chicago Fire Department confiscated the tanks and authorities made the people evacuate.

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THE RISK OF PROPANE TANKS

The Fire Department took to Twitter to address the situation, admitting that they understood that people wanted to help “homeless population” but asked them not to donate propane tanks “which are potential fire hazards.”

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A homeless person who was at the encampment when the explosion took place described it as a massive “boom” that made the ground shake. The Fire Department pointed out that if all propane tanks had exploded at the same time, it could have been like a bomb.

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STEPPING UP FOR THE PEOPLE

Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev revealed that the officials informed them about the evacuation, so the organization was about to move the people to warming centers.

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However, before they could start the process, a “Good Samaritan,” as people are referring to the unknown person, offered to pay for rooms for 70 homeless people from that group.

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“Isn't that wonderful? At least they're warm and they're safe … Some wonderful citizen is going to put all of them up at a hotel for the rest of the week,” told Rachev to the Chicago Tribune.

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Nothing is known about the person who paid for the rooms. What it is certain, though, is that the hotel is located on the city’s South Side. Thankfully, that Good Samaritan and the Salvation Army are not the only ones concerned about homeless people.

TINY HOUSES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

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The Clara White Mission know that almost one million veterans live in poverty and many of them are homeless, so the Florida-based organization created a plan to build tiny homes for them.

According to Action News Jax, who got a glimpse inside one of the little houses, the property will be under 200 square feet. It will be built with the assistance of one of the accomplices in this project, Eco Relics. The U.S. Green Building Council of Florida is also helping the Eco Relics.

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