At the end of a contentious meeting about the Margarita Inn, District 65 social worker Allie Harned rose from the back and told the audience that almost 300 students in the district are registered as homeless. “So if there’s anyone in this room who has an apartment for rent or room that you could spare for a family that’s recently arrived from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia, Colombia, we need places for people to sleep, so let me know,” she said. “Open your heart, open your doors, open your minds, and let’s find some affordable housing.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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