CHUM Gala for Street Outreach Program, Struggles with Housing

Event held at Greysolon Ballroom

DULUTH, Minn.-  A gala was held by CHUM Thursday night, to raise money for their Street Outreach program.

All proceeds benefit the Street Outreach program, which helps homeless people living outside or in their cars.

“So we really work with people to try to get them inside,” said Development Director Mary Schmitz. “And once they’re inside, then we can work with them to have a more stable life and a place to be inside.”

CHUM tells us that there have been no new family units built since the Steve O’Neil apartments in 2014, and the city comprehensive plan says they are 3,000 units short of what they need.

Still, housing is not the only thing the homeless can get help with. CHUM also assists them getting into the healthcare system. And doctors say they see similar symptoms among the homeless.

“Behavioral health and just experiencing trauma,” said Dr. Jason Wall, MD, a Family Medicine Physician at St. Luke’s. “Whether its childhood or just chronic illness, there’s been a lot of trauma experienced by these people.”

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