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Suburban Chicago Resident Ordered to Stop ‘Slumber Parties’ for Homeless During Freezing Temperatures by Authorities (Video)

Friday, January 5, 2018 3:52
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by N.Morgan

A Chicago resident who had been kindly opening up his home offering “slumber parties” in his basement for the homeless people in his neighborhood during dangerously cold weather says city officials have given him an ultimatum.

Stop the “slumber parties” or the house will be condemned.

Greg Schiller, of Elgin, said he began letting a group of homeless people sleep in his unfinished basement last month during brutally cold nights, offering them food, warm beverages and a cot to sleep on while watching movies.

“I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were allowed inside his residence during the evening events.

During last winter, Schiller offered up his garage to area homeless, but said he was told he could no longer do so after EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition.

That’s when he had the idea to move them to his basement – complete with all the activities needed to consider them simply “slumber parties.”

Schiller believed city code allowed for slumber parties, but officials said there are “sleeping regulations” for basements and Schiller’s basement doesn’t meet those requirements. 

“While we appreciate those who volunteer to provide additional resources in the community, Mr. Schiller’s house does not comply with codes and regulations that guard against potential dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning, inadequate light and ventilation, and insufficient exits in the event of a fire,” city spokesperson Molly Center said in a statement. 

Schiller said city officials and police officers came to his home with a warrant Tuesday and went into his basement.

There, he said, they found his ceiling height too low and windows too high and too small to be an egress.

“They shut me down and said I have 24 hours to return my basement to storage and take down – I have several cots with sleeping bags for everybody – or they’ll condemn the house.”

Center confirmed that Schiller was given 24 hours to clear the basement in an emailed statement, adding, “If not, the City will take additional enforcement action to compel the removal of the unlawful basement sleeping area.”

Officials had earlier threatened citations for other violations at the home, which is owned by Schiller’s girlfriend, including a broken window, a fold-up trailer on the property and a portable toilet he had set up for the group to use, Schiller said.

“I’m trying to help these people get out of the cold,” he told NBC 5. “There’s not a lot of help for them as far as places to lay their heads.”

Schiller said he only opened up the basement when an area shelter wasn’t available.

He pointed out that some shelters in the area require homeless to meet a specific set of criteria and others open only when temperatures reach a certain level.

PADS of Elgin confirmed that there are requirements to be eligible for their services, but declined to specify what that criteria included.

An emergency shelter at First United Methodist Church of Elgin, operated by the organization Matthew 25:40, opens when the temperature outside is 15 degrees or less. 

Schiller said he hosted his “slumber parties” when wind chill values were 15 degrees or less, but would not offer up the basement if the emergency shelter was open.

“It’s cold enough to freeze to death,” he said.

Matthew 25:40 did not immediately respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment Tuesday.

“Elgin has lawful shelters that provide a safe space for people to go throughout the year,” Center said in a statement. “In times of extreme temperature, temporary locations open within the community that all conform to regulations and codes.”

The city also noted there is a women’s shelter and other facilities around the area where people can go.

A full list can be found on the city’s website.

Temperatures Tuesday in Elgin were forecast to reach a high of only 6 degrees, meaning area shelters should open.

They aren’t expected to warm above the threshold again until this weekend, when they could rise back into the upper-20s. It’s not clear if shelters plan to remain open. 

Schiller said that while he does plan to stop hosting his slumber parties, he’s working to find other options for taking care of the homeless he now knows so well.

“Somebody’s going to die,” he said.

References:

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/elgin-greg-schiller-slumber-parties-homeless-cold-467714563.html

https://nypost.com/2018/01/03/man-told-to-stop-giving-freezing-homeless-people-a-place-to-stay/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3xBIUeuhZjsxfOsjtbtrw

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  • Anonymous

    WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKING SCUMBAGS = THOSE CITY OFFICIALS, NEED THEIR HOUSES TO BURN DOWN, TO THE GROUND, & THEN, LET THEM SEE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE, OR BECOME HOMELESS…

    MAKE IT HAPPEN LORD, THOSE THINGS ARE NOTHING BUT DEMONIC PIECES OF SHIT…

    • Sean

      I just did a video for someone I had met online many years ago who went by the name Irish on Sodahead.

      I had chattered a few months ago with some else I had met online there and forgot where they said She was now, so if anyone knows her can you give her this, I simply named it for whom The LORD wanted me to do it for and give it too,

      For Irish.

      https://youtu.be/6PReMiEcP5A

      • Natas Reficul

        Wtf is youtub.e ya dirty ball lapping scammer?!?!?!?!?

    • raisnbran

      Been known to offer my private jet to a homeless young woman to sleep on the sofa of the jet..hope I don’t get in trouble

  • duncombemu

    It’s nice to see that the homeless can access “A full list can be found on the city’s website.”. :shock:

    How many homeless have Internet access? :???:

  • insane2bme

    i can assure the peope who believe most propaganda that this isnt the real reason they are shutting this good man down there are some motives behind this we dont know.so in his own home he cant have who he wants to spend the night,so he himself cant sleep in his own basement?im telling you all there is something going on and its as crooked as joe bidens cock

    • 2QIK4U

      How crooked? ;D

  • 2QIK4U

    Tell the pigs that theyre trespassing on private property. In OZ you legally must ask someone to leave that isnt on PRIVATE PROPERTY THAT YOU WORKED YOUR ASS OFF FOR AND IS YOURS TO BURN IT DOWN IF YOU WANT: AND WHO ASKED THE FIREFIGHTERS TO TURN UP AND THEN TRY AND CHARGE YOU FIFTEEN GRAND BECAUSE THEY WDRE CALLED OUT EVEN THOUGH U NEVER ASKED…. TELL THEM THAT THEYRE STANDING ON CLINT EASTWOODS LAWN… WHAT A BUNCH OF SS STEROID HEADS. INVITE THE ENTIRE NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR A STAR WATCHING NIGHT EVERY NIGHT IN YOUR BACKYARD.. SO EASY TO FK EM WITH THIER OWN LAWS…

    • 2QIK4U

      Yesterday about twenty homelsesz old black men were all lined huddled together under blankets laying in the gutter with ice everywhere and snowing. Pigs rocked up and tapped them all with thier battons and confiscated all thier blanket and those lucky to have a pillow only to use the loitering law to keep em moving. And all u can do is walk around the next frozen corner and lay in the next gutter with no preotection… It seems youve adopted the Aussie pig tactic.. But theyll take everything you own.. Jail and charge you and instead of making sure they legally have an address they just tell them to leave the station..Victoria OZ is designed with bumps over every grindable or skateable surface in the entire state. … Its designed to keep your stressed depressed heart broken ass that your really homeless and been walking around the block all night… Then u know u need to rob and wrought so you scatter from no sleep naturally. Especially after a week youve napped two hours… They want them to go to the sewers. Like stallone future cop movie and FUTURAMA. Maybe not today but u can see it coming.

    • dennis48309

      My friend had a small bonfire in his yard on a decent sized property. Some idiot neighbor called saying there was a house fire and two fire trucks showed up. I told him to sue those fucking bastards who called. What kind of idiots call 911 to say there is a house fire but don’t go to see if anyone is in need of help?

      • 2QIK4U

        Th type of idiot that isnt to be trusted.

        • 2QIK4U

          In Our Australian Summer At least one firefighter is caught being responsible for setting our bush fires which are like what happened in california.. But thier direct energy weapons they use are thier own small explosive firestarters they deliberately drop from choppers to create a fire break line.. But these guys are “off duty” when theyve been captured. That Cali fire was our normal ones

          • 2QIK4U

            Its 10 am and already 42* CELCIUS. ITS EGG COOCKING ON THE FOOTPATH TIME

  • patann

    -Are you willing to be prosecuted even incarcerated for these people? No weapon against you shall prosper is my prayer, Jesus said for when you do unto the least of them, you do it unto him, God mightily bless your efforts. In any given situation or trial I tell my oldest grand she’s face with either a stumbling block or a detour, but only temporarily, that she know what to do with a detour, that there is always another way around it and praise God by divine intervention she always find it. These are the worse times this earth ever, and what God’s people are suffering lately are as spring days picnics in comparison to the demonic infiltration now arriving, just imagine, not only carnivore beast stomping and tearing through all lives, lands, churches, stock and money markets. Though as those featured recently as ancient beast times three, the darkest hour this earth ever again, poised as up, close and trustworthy house pets, as in unthinkable demonic perversion viewed as just another member of the family, beware all seeming innocent manners of forsaking God, Jesus, even the Bride’s righteous outreach, beware, Apb, The RAM, see more here, http://www.thesevenvials2016.blogspot.com, http://www.thephoenix1012.blogspot.com http://www.intrepiddream2001.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    “…he’s working to find other options for taking care of the homeless he now knows so well.”

    Emergency housing grant for a compliant structure. (I know that it’s not freedom or a moral necessity.)

    “PADS of Elgin confirmed that there are requirements to be eligible for their services, but declined to specify what that criteria included.”

    Whenever an employer, loan agent, etc, etc discusses ‘intangibles’, they mean quota cases. The business plan is to launder subsidies, or use softened-up people for slave labor.

    If homeless are reading, they need to beware of personality cults, which arise, when they are given a choice between halfway housing and jail; it makes your host a god in his own mind. There is abuse in these facilities.

    “Elgin has lawful shelters that provide a safe space for people to go throughout the year,” Center said in a statement.

    Legal — codes and regulations
    Lawful — handshake agreement, commonlaw

    You jurisdiction was engaging in unlawful activities, or how should we know what you’re doing in your basement or what conversations you have, on a sidewalk. Coercive shelters are unlawful.

    But, that’s how it’s done, to the best of my understanding.

  • Counter Analysis

    That’s what happens when you elect a scumbag mayor like Rahm who was a hatchet man for the Clinton and Obama regimes. Those liberals really do love the poor!!!!!!!!

    • 2QIK4U

      So much they (ahem) Saved haitis children after they were devastated by nature and even made a worldwide concert with sean penn and ariana grande being the media hypnotists to allow all the kind hearted people in the world to donate money for thier cause. And then after that Bill and Hillary Clinton with the help of thier Great and trusted team leader JHON PODESTA aka SKIPPY. And together they got 300 million dollars of OUR donations and “used” that money to take all the children away and house them somewhere safe….. I WONDER HOW ALL THOSE CHILDREN THEY HELPED ARE DOING TODAY? …… WTF !… Sorry i just dropped my Lead lined tinfoil hat for a minute and i went snowflake or something? Whoa scary…. YOU ARE EXACTLY FUCKING RIGHT. THESE SCUM WILL PAY AND THIS NEW FBI INVESTIGATION INTO HITLARY CUNTON ALREADY SEEMS LIKE ANOTHER SCAM. :(

    • 2QIK4U

      KARMA IS REAL

  • JimmyBitch

    Homeless people are mentally ill. I wouldn’t want homeless in my neighborhood.

    When I was growing up there was a retarded man who would walk the neighborhood. A lot of people treated him like a pet offering food and what-nots, “he’s harmless”. He eventually killed someone. A small girl.

    • Just me

      Homeless people are mentally ill? Really? Surely SOME are, but your all inclusive statement qualifies you as one of those you disparage.

      • dennis48309

        I had to work in downtown Detroit for a couple years and I can guarantee every homeless person I ran into was either mentally ill and/or a drug/alcohol addict.

        • Aunt Jane

          So just let them freeze to death? If they weren’t ill to begin with they are now!!

      • Josie

        I agree!

    • The despised

      Wow you’re a fucking retard. Strait up.

      • JimmyBitch

        Once, we convinced an old homeless guy to let us parasail him over the Columbia River. He got caught in an updraft during the activity and the nylon rope broke. He went flying up into the mountains eventually tangling in the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge. We laughed so hard. Eagles were dive bombing at him.

        Eventually a park ranger came and cut him down.

  • dennis48309

    Chicago is beyond saving, libtards have ruined almost every urban city with their policies. If the city can tell you that you can’t sleep in your basement then they have lost their fucking minds.

  • Freeus

    Idiots let’s round these officials up and MAKE THEM stay outside. Pathetic human beings. Too many people in power let it go to their head and just to justify “they have POWER” they take it out on other less fortunate. Lets call these Chicago demons and give them a piece of reality.

  • Sue Rosenorn

    The City of Chicago confiscated many homeless people’s belonging in an underpass by Kedzie and Addison Streets. They left them out there with no blankets or shelter. Now the aholes who run Elgin is doing a similar thing. Citizens of these towns need to vote out these evil minions who are running things.Its shameful and unGodly.

    • Rad

      Voting people out takes a long time. What ever happened to rope and trees?

  • OBSERVER

    Depopulation program, if the homeless live it cost money. The officials all over the country have little programs to kill people off, its now officially USA stands for United Satanic Associates

  • truck driver

    Homeless people need to unlock their Brain with cogniflex and become a forklift driver. Those jobs are everywhere

  • Pink Slime

    Dear Angle#3,

    Charlie here. The lady in the video has an excellent point and I agree with everything she says. She is on the right track. Very interestingly if he went and gathered DOGS and put them in the basement he would probably be proclaimed a HERO by the sick authorities.

    BTW, she must be reading my comments because I’m the only guy going around telling you have DEMON MEN in control all over.

    The point is these Demon-craps running your State are violating your own Constitution and should be IGNORED. If they harass you tell them you will arrest them for TREASON!! The Constitution was about the AMERICAN PEOPLE, not about THEM at all!!

    This man, if anything, is fulfilling his duty of, not only the Constitution, but of your Christianity and the lady is right. THIS IN an EMERGENCY!! Somebody is going to die if not taken care of.

    On a side note this is about worshiping government. Take for instance marriage. You don’t need a stink’ n license from the State for permission to get married because they did NOT create that institution. GOD DID! You go to your CHURCH for your official recording of it.

    Signed,

    Charlie (sorry, madder then a frozen doughnut in the snow) :mad: :mad: <- :lol:

  • sarah

    A bunch of monsters run Chicago and likely want the homeless to either die in the life threatening outdoors cold or from health conditions caused by the freezing weather, or for the homeless to move out of the city into homes elsewhere with their relatives or friends. So, the city will no longer have to provide any public assistance to the homeless and the homeless will not be seen loitering around on Chicago city streets.

    That being said the Fire Marshal is justified in wanting people to be safe with proper means to get into and out of any building should a fire break out. That really is for peoples safety. A large number of people in a basement without enough doors on opposite ends of the building or a room could find themselves trapped into the room and in the event of a fire they could die. There also needs to be battery operated emergency lights installed in the basement because people really can’t see if a fire makes the power go off and the basement in this case were to fill with smoke.

    It might be for every ones safety it would be a good idea to help the homeless people to find a shelter to stay at and to help and/or provide the homeless person with transportation to the shelter.

    If a person really wanted to help a few homeless people and would allow a couple at a time to stay in the part of the home the homeowner lives in and to be the homeowners temporary guest just as they would any other guest a homeowner could do that without violating any fire codes or endangering any ones life or ability to get out of a burning building.

  • propel7

    Similar happened in Sodom and Gomorrah. Then 95%+ Sulfur balls, burning at 6,000 degrees, rained down on them. It incinerated the ROCK into ash, leaving behind millions of sulfur balls encapsulated inside melted rock/glass spheres, that cut off the oxygen and preserved them for past 5,000 some odd years. All over the place at 5 locations in the Dead Sea area, that were “The 5 cities of the Plain”(look up Ron Wyatt Sodom and Gomorrah). Keep note of ALL these towns and cities that are doing this. MOVE as soon as you can, as far away as you can. FIRE will come upon them in some way as well, within the not too distant future.

  • OBSERVER

    CLEAR THAT IT PREVENTS NATO TROOPS PICKING THEM UP AT NIGHT AND TAKING THEM TO THEIR DOOM WHILE THE GANGSTERS THAT RUN THE CITY SUCKED IT DRY WITH WASHINGTON BY NAFTA & GAT SHIPPING ALL THE JOBS OVERSEAS SO THAT EXTREME POVERTY WOULD COME AND NATO TROOPS COULD CREEP AROUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND TAKE THE JOBLESS AWAY, TO WHERE, IN CAMPS & MAYBE MEAT PACKING PLANTS, NOWADAYS THEY SERVE HUMAN MEAT IN RESTAURANTS

  • Cousin_Jack

    You’ve only now seen these events, I’ve seen stories like this appearing for years. When you see housing built way out of your price range, businesses destroyed for the land they’re on , see the corruption of authorities spending money thats meant for the people being spent on people from a certain area, our problems have and will only get worse. A criminal will continue to push his luck until his luck runs out, and by their own definitions, your masters are criminals. And by allowing them to carry on with their crimes, you’re all accomplices to the crimes they commit. In the same situations the average person would do the same things as those in authority do, take a look at what people do around you… Everyones willing to shout they want change but noone, noone, is prepared to DO anything. Just speak. Yes I want change, oh I might sign a petition but I’m too busy to do anything else, tv won’t watch itself. You can scream all you like, so long as you wilfully refuse to help by physical action, I consider you on a par with those in authority. I’m angry seeing stories like this, I’m angry people let it go on and have the cheek to complain about it.

  • JimmyBitch

    If the homeless guy was really so hard-up, he wouldn’t have a large dog as a pet, he’d eat it. And another thing, where’s the ASPCA? Dragging a dog out in the cold like that.

  • adam

    This is insane, to say his house is not up to code, but a body freezing in the snow meets their standards better. What is wrong with the world. Evil is running rampant. My prayers to the man who opened his home to help another in need.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Illinois.
    This is sad. Here downstate this is about the first day temps got abo freezin and w had a week where it was -1 for a high and lows of -18. Too bad a back couldn’t have been turned or commn sense used….RB

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