WNIJ's Community Close-up of DeKalb examines how a community supports its most vulnerable members.
About 44,000 people live in DeKalb. Another 5,000 students live on campus at Northern Illinois University. The city is also host to a growing number of people who sleep in their cars, on their friends’ couches, or in the county’s only homeless shelter: Hope Haven.
The city of DeKalb continues to set up a new safe housing program. The effort is aimed at reducing blight and crime in the community. However, local landlords are voicing frustration over how the effort will be funded.