A women’s shelter in Chicago is going without any heat because of a long overdue heat bill, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Women and children living in Clara’s Place, a 13-unit building in Englewood, have been forced to use multiple blankets and boiling water to stay warm in the area, where temperatures have dropped to around freezing this week.
Clara Kirk, the center’s founder and director, said she suspected the bill for $21,026.74 could cause service disruptions. However, she added that the center’s funds are ”dried up. I don’t have the money.” The shelter is run exclusively by volunteers.
Kirk, who also runs another women’s shelter, acknowledged that grants for the shelter are difficult to acquire since she’s struggled with affording payroll taxes through her organization, the West Englewood United Organization, along with building code violations from the city.
People’s Gas spokeswoman Jennifer Block said their gas company has been working with Kirk since April to resolve the situation-stemming for four unpaid accounts.
But debt and lack of funds is hampering that process.