MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chicago city officials are taking to the streets hoping to convince as many homeless people as possible to go to warming centers and shelters. They know many homeless people are reluctant to stray too far from their belongings, so they are scouring areas popular with the homeless in the hope of convincing them to board city buses long enough to get warm.
Cristina Villarreal, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Family and Support Services, says: "We're bringing the warming shelters to them, so they can stay near all of their stuff and still warm up."
She says they can stay as long as they need to. She also says that one bus used on Monday night and the two buses used on Tuesday were staffed with nurses.