Realtor rents hotel rooms for homeless during deadly Chicago cold snap

Chicago /
Feb.February 03, 2019 02:00 PM

Candice Payne (Credit: David Kinney, Realtor.com)

With Chicago in the throes of a historic stretch of frigid weather this week, a South Side Realtor led an effort to bring a group of people without homes out of the cold.

Candice Payne, managing broker at 5th Group Realty & Management, and her husband launched an effort to convince people living in a South Loop homeless encampment to come with them to escape the cold on Tuesday night as overnight wind chills approached 60 degrees below zero, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Aided by a group of friends and local business owners from the South Side, the couple ended up renting 20 rooms at $70 each at the Amber Inn in Bronzeville, the only hotel they could find that would accept the group.

With temperatures still well below zero Wednesday, Payne and friends returned to the camp and brought more people to the hotel. When word got out, more good Samaritans joined in, gathering donations of food, clothes, coats, winter gear and more.

By Thursday night, they had enough money for 60 rooms for four nights, nearly filling the entire hotel.

“This is just regular people trying to help,” Payne, 34, told the Tribune. [Chicago Tribune] — John O’Brien


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Toni Preckwinkle (Getty)

Cook County provides $1M to limit evictions, foreclosures

Cook County provides $1M to limit evictions, foreclosures
1247-1249 W. Madison Street (Photos via @properties)

Dwelle Properties pays $33M for West Loop mixed-use complex

Dwelle Properties pays $33M for West Loop mixed-use complex
Plaza on DeWitt, 260 E. Chestnut Street

Downtown condo ponders mask mandate, big penalties

Downtown condo ponders mask mandate, big penalties
Homebuyers have flocked to Bronzeville (Credit: Google Maps)

Chicago homebuyers head to Bronzeville for more space

Chicago homebuyers head to Bronzeville for more space
Penny Pritzker and North Kenmore Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Office of Penny Pritzker picks up Lincoln Park mansion

Office of Penny Pritzker picks up Lincoln Park mansion
211 N Harbor Dr in Lakshore East (Redfin; iStock)

Supply glut may set downtown home market back a year

Supply glut may set downtown home market back a year
Robert Reffkin and Fran Broude (Getty, Linkedin, iStock)

Compass taps ex-Coldwell exec to oversee Chicago growth

Compass taps ex-Coldwell exec to oversee Chicago growth
Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton

Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton

Tower of power: a look at who’s buying at No. 9 Walton
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...