Come out to Emporium Wicker Park this Monday to support keeping Chicago’s homeless population warm this winter!

Warmest Winter Chicago — a project supported by Chance The Rapper and The Empowerment Plan in Detroit — is an initiative that hires homeless people in Detroit to manufacture coats that fold out into sleeping bags to give to Chicago’s homeless in need.

It costs $100 to sponsor a coat, which covers the cost of labor, materials, and overhead expenses. The goal is 1,000 coats — $100,000 — by January 13th. Chance’s fundraising is at $90,000, so we’d like to bump that up a few grand to reach this wonderful goal.

Emporium WICKER PARK is hosting our event, and Chicago’s own RICH JONES will be performing a set around 8pm. We’ll have some tokens for your play and dozens of raffle prizes for you to win, including prints from local artists LadyPuns, Jessica Levin, Laura Berger, vouchers for restaurants and bars around town, a Sprout Home customized terrarium, Groupon Goods, tickets to local theatre, and much much more. (Please contact us if you would like to donate more to the raffle!)

RICH JONES MUSIC: https://soundcloud.com/richjonesmusic
WWC INFO: http://www.warmestwinterchicago.com/
CHANCE OUR MAN: https://soundcloud.com/chancetherapper


And stick around for an amazing FREE show booked after us, TheWHOevers, Defcee, Johnny Redd, and Retrospect!https://www.facebook.com/events/544335325733292

More about the coats:

The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant and self-heating jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The coat is constructed of upcycled automotive insulation, fabric from Carhartt, and other materials provided by generous donors. While these coats will save lives this winter, the partnership’s ultimate goal is to bring an Empowerment Plan factory to Chicago.

The Empowerment Plan can produce 1,000 coats on a budget of $100,000. Our studies show that for each 1,000 coats distributed, we can save 14 lives. Each year approximately 7% of homeless individuals die from hypothermia. Our coat reduces this statistic by over 20%.

An analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 125,848 Chicagoans were homeless in the course of the 2014-15 school year. This is partly based on the 20,205 homeless students who were identified by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Another 11.3% of students (2,279) lived in shelters, and 1.7% lived in motels (136), in a park or other “public place” (55), or in a temporary foster care placement (163). -Source: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless