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Illinois provides an update on a new landing zone and shelter site for asylum seekers

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The State of Illinois continues to invest in infrastructure for new arrivals of asylum seekers following an influx during the holidays.

The Illinois Department of Human Services says a new intake center and shelter site will launch this month.

The State’s new intake center will be co-located with the City of Chicago’s bus landing zone to maximize efficiency, with six heated tents now under construction at the site and expected to open in the coming weeks.

Work also continues this week on the 220-person shelter located in Little Village at the site of a former CVS. Meanwhile, the State is also partnering with New Life Centers to operate a temporary shelter at a Chicago hotel to support families that arrived during the recent holiday uptick.

Those staying at this temporary shelter will transition to the shelter in Little Village, which is expected to open this month.

The State is also announcing another extension of its food services contract at City of Chicago shelter sites.

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