Chance The Rapper raises $100,000 for Chicago homeless

The money will go towards 1,000 coats for the city's homeless population

Chance The Rapper last night reached his goal of raising $100,000 (£69,000) for homeless people in his hometown of Chicago.

In 2014 a ‘point-in-time count‘ in Chicago found 5,329 homeless people in shelters and another 965 unsheltered people.

Chicago Public Schools identified 2,512 unaccompanied youths attending schools in 2012, while only 360 youth beds existed in Chicago. Data from homeless charity All Chicago has also shown that on any given night, 1,000 army veterans are homeless in the city.

The rapper’s ‘Warmest Winter’ initiative is a joint venture with The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based non-profit which employs and trains homeless women to create self-heating, waterproof winter coats that transform into sleeping bags.

Now that Warmest Winter has reached its target of $100,000, there is enough for more than 1,000 of these ‘EMPWR coats‘. It will be possible to donate to Warmest Winter until January 13.

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Meanwhile, in October of this year the Chicagoan revealed a new song, ‘Angels’, and said he had collaborated with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert: “Me and Stephen Colbert have been working on a song together, and it’s gonna be released very soon. He’s amazing. I can’t get that deep into it, but he’s amazing.”

He also recently hinted at a third Chance The Rapper mixtape, which would follow 2012’s ‘#10Day’ and the 2013 breakthrough ‘Acid Rap’.