We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of The Surplus Project, an initiative launched by MacNeal Hospital, part of Loyola Medicine, to package excess hospital and cafeteria food for delivery to people experiencing homelessness and food insufficiency people in the area.
Each year, students in the 6th Grade Religious Education class at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park create a social justice project. The curriculum exposes them to the concept of social injustice and guides them to work together to research an issue they care about, choose a beneficiary and then decide what their action will be. Although the young people participated individually via Zoom, they were able to come together and affect change locally.
If you live in suburban Cook County and lost income due to COVID-19, know someone who has, or are a landlord with tenants struggling to pay rent—the deadline to apply has been extended to April 9 at 5pm. To learn about the eligibility requirements and documents needed to apply for rent and utility help visit www.cookcountyil.gov/recover or keep reading.
These helpers and heroes brought us through a year like no other.
We are an amazing community! The outpouring of support from donors, congregational groups, organizations, and small businesses throughout the COVID crisis has, frankly, stunned us. The unwavering support since March allowed Housing Forward to respond swiftly to keep those experiencing homelessness safe. We are humbled and deeply appreciative of all those who have offered assistance, encouragement, and stepped up to help neighbors who are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
As our nation continues to be impacted by the horrific death of George Floyd, and countless other Black and Brown lives lost caused by acts of violence, brutality and racism, Housing Forward stands in solidarity with those calling for justice and reform.
We are listening to our staff and our clients, and digesting the events that occurred over the past week and weekend.
Several weeks ago, eight large cardboard boxes arrived at our Maywood office. Inside were more than 300 pairs of denim blue jeans from the North Riverside Mall Aéropostale store.
For twenty-two years, Housing Forward supporters have gathered at the Have-a-Heart Gala to celebrate community and raise funds. This year's event, taking place on Saturday, February 29, 2020, is the first to be hosted at the Aon Grandballroom on Navy Pier. It is also the first time the agency will recognize partners who have distinguished themselves as leaders in efforts to end homelessness.
Three special awards will be presented during the evening's program.