State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Greg Harris have convened two smaller meetings since their Public Safety Town Hall meeting this summer.
Their role going forward will be to provide very visible support to public safety initiatives throughout the community. They've reached out to stakeholders who do not regularly engage in CAPS and block club activities - and are working to improve interaction on this important matter to all who live and/or work in Uptown.
Heather and Greg desire to:
- support the efforts of informed and active stakeholders,
- expand the pool of organizations working the issue,
- and let those closest to the problems of public safety set the course of action.
They will host another Public Safety Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 pm at Truman College. They will introduce four people recruited to work on aspects of public safety - and they will provide sign-up sheets so residents can step up and join the efforts of these working groups.
Communication and participation activities will be coordinated by UCC's Cindi Anderson. We expect to communicate regularly about public safety matters to an expanding base of community members. We will leverage the existing CAPS and block club structures - and work to engage other community organizations in these efforts.
Business activities will be coordinated by Business Partners' Christie Hahn. Business Partners has recently launched a public safety committee. This group has conducted informal public safety surveys of Uptown business owners. The major areas of concern are not surprising: aggressive panhandling, loitering, public drinking and urination, gang activity and drug use.
Youth activities will be coordinated by Alternatives' Judy Gall. They will solicit public safety ideas from area youth - and try to connect community residents with existing youth programming.
Policy considerations will be coordinated by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless' Randall Doubet-King. Area residents are invited to engage in these public safety policy discussions.