A Homeless Encampment is Now Inside Chicago O'Hare Airport, But the Mayor Promises It's Totally Normal
Over the past couple of years, homeless encampments have sprung up in San Francisco, Portland, and Austin, bringing with them an abundance of used needles and human feces. Lots of feces.
Those are mainly outdoor tent cities. The homeless population of Chicago, on the other hand, has discovered a sort of "life hack" - the airport. The Chicago O'Hare airport is reportedly becoming overrun with homeless people.
\u201cHomeless are now living at Chicago O'Hare Airport. This problem perfectly sums up Joe Biden, Mayor Pete and Lori Lightfoot\u2019s failed leadership. The United States of America is so much better than this.\u201d— Charles R Downs (@Charles R Downs) 1676470515
In 2022, some 618 homeless people took shelter at the airport, up 53% from the year before. And they aren't doing it just to be that way - the homeless shelters are reportedly full. These people have nowhere to go.
And they are causing quite a disturbance for the airport workers. The bathrooms have apparently been left in disarray, and some female workers reported being harassed by the homeless guests. The cops have told them they cannot intervene unless the ladies are physically touched.
\u201c@chicagosmayor please clean up this city! This is the current state of O\u2019hare airport, homeless everywhere, sleeping all over terminal 2 and getting in peoples faces yelling. This is the first impression people get when they land in this city. #CleanChicago #ORD\u201d— Natasha Patel (@Natasha Patel) 1675648671
\u201cThis picture of a homeless encampment was taken today at O'Hare @fly2ohare Terminal 1 baggage claim. Chicago needs better leadership.\u201d— D220 Insider (@D220 Insider) 1676251077
In 2020, about 65,000 Chicago residents were homeless, and I think it's safe to assume that number has only gone up since then. The City of Chicago recently got $60M from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat homelessness. The money is supposedly going to expanding homeless placement services.
So where is Chicago's brave and fearless leader in all of this? The New York Post reached out to Mayor Lightfoot's office for comment. Her office replied with a message from the Chicago Department of Aviation that said homeless encampments at airports are a “common occurrence” during winter.
That's right, it's actually perfectly normal for homeless shelters to be so overrun that the airport becomes the overfill. We should all just look at the homeless encampment as a sort of second security screening. First you must get through TSA without having your belongings confiscated, then you must do the same whilst wading through a pool of homeless drug addicts. Flights get even safer, the homeless have a place to stay, and Lori Lightfoot doesn't have to lift a finger. It's a win-win-win. Kind of.