The city is participating in the 100,000 Homes campaign, a national, three-year program to house 100,000 homeless people and families by the year 2013.
"These are our brothers and sisters. These are mothers and fathers. They are our children, aunts and uncles. These are fellow citizens. So, we as a great city and a great nation should do much better to help those who need help the most in difficult situations," Daley said.
Next week, volunteers will take to the city's streets and homeless shelters to identify Chicago's most vulnerable homeless people. Those who have been homeless the longest will get priority so they can move into permanent housing.