Health & Medicine Board Treasurer Health O’Donnell recently addressed the Chicago City Council as they debated a proposed ordinance that would temporarily halt the conversion of single-room-occupancy hotels into market-rate housing.
The Chicago Tribune quoted Ms. O’Donnell’s remarks to the Council in their July 23rd story “Committee OKs hold on residential hotel conversions.”
Ms. O’Donnell, who is a vice president at Thresholds
a social service mental health organization, told the alderman:
“Without SROs, a great many of the 6,000-plus clients that we see every year, most of whom live on (Supplemental Security Income) of $721 a month because of their disability could either be homeless or institutionalized. I cannot underscore enough how difficult it is for our clients to find safe, affordable housing in Chicago.”