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Easy Way to Combat Chicago Homelessness

November 02, 2011

Now, here’s a good reason to go on Facebook.

Chicago-based Apartments.com will donate $1 to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless — up to $25,000 — for every new ‘LIKE’ it receives on the social media site during the month of November.

“Raising Awareness. Taking Action: A Campaign to Help End Homelessness,” was created to draw attention to the serious issue of homelessness. It is estimated that 100,000 people were homeless within the city of Chicago last year. This year, Chicago Public Schools is reporting that more than 10,000 students are homeless this year.

Well-maintained city garden in Chicago, Illinois, with a homeless man sleeping on one of the concrete benches in foreground.Nationwide, it is estimated that 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year.

“Apartments.com helps hundreds of thousands of people find homes in apartments every year,” said Kevin Doyle, general manager of Apartments.com. “We believe having a roof over your head is a fundamental human need and as such want to do our small part to help alleviate the burden of homelessness and get involved in a cause that hits close to home.

“There is significant need locally and nationally, so while we are donating this year to a Chicago-based organization, we believe engaging people through social media will help increase awareness about the issues facing homeless individuals and families and enable our Facebook fans and followers across the country to feel good about clicking the ‘like’ button to help out.”

This campaign joins other efforts observed during November, including National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Visit Chicago Real Estate Forum for more on that story.

Ready to help combat homelessness? Visit facebook.com/Apartments.com and “LIKE” the page before November 30 and Apartments.com will donate $1 on your behalf to this important cause.

“We are very excited that Apartments.com is joining us in our work to end homelessness,” said Ed Shurna, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

“This campaign demonstrates that to truly make a difference you need a lot of people to chip in. Widespread support is what will make this campaign successful and it is also what will carry the day in the fight against extreme poverty.”

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