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Broadway Armory Returning To Normal Operations After Serving As Emergency Homeless Shelter

The park facility housed 50 men and women during the height of the pandemic to prevent overcrowding at other shelters.

Edgewater's Broadway Armory has been transformed into an emergency homeless shelter during the coronavirus pandemic.
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EDGEWATER — The Broadway Armory will return to normal park services after serving as an emergency homeless shelter during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

In early May, the city established the armory building at 5917 N. Broadway as a temporary housing shelter to avoid overcrowding in other shelters and protect people from coronavirus.

The facility housed 50 men and women. It was one of five emergency housing shelters the city established in its effort to help people who are homeless during the pandemic.

The city has since established temporary homeless shelters in former schools on the South Side, and it has moved tenants of the Broadway Armory and other emergency shelters into the schools. The new shelters are at the former Calumet High School in Auburn Gresham and the closed Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Bronzeville.

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The residents of the Broadway Armory shelter were moved to the two locations at the end of last week, Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) said in an email to constituents.

The armory will reopen in early October, and limited park programming will begin in November, a park district spokesperson said.

The armory will undergo a deep cleaning before normal park programming begins, Osterman said.

The armory was transitioned into the temporary homeless shelter when park buildings and facilities were closed to the public. Parks have since began reopening their facilities, with park field houses open.

The armory, which is more than 80 years old, has five gyms and 13 rooms and is normally used for fitness classes — including a trapeze school — as well as sports and events, according to the park district.

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