West Suburban Warming Centers

Friday, January 25th, 2019

With temperatures expected to continue dipping dangerously low, please be aware of warming centers in our service area. A downloadable list is located under our 'Get help' tab or by clicking here.  Those in need of assistance in the City of Chicago are asked to call 3-1-1 or (800) 654-8595 for help locating a Chicago Dept.

Housing Forward Needs more shelter sites

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, said that by mid-November her staff will be turning some homeless people away from their shelters. There is a seasonal dynamic.

"Homelessness is a 365-day-a-year problem," she explained, "but the numbers seeking our services do tend to dip in summer. Some people prefer to sleep outside." Housing Forward made a decision 27 years ago to invest their limited resources in an emergency shelter that would be open mid-September to mid-May.

Symptom or Cause?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

I read an article in the March 14th issue of Time Magazine the other day by Josh Sanburn titled “The radically simple solution to homelessness.”

In the article he said that for many years the thinking in this country regarding reducing homelessness was that we had to treat the causes of homelessness—eg. addiction, unemployment, racism, education, mental illness—first and then provide housing. 

The problem, he continued, was that by the 1990s homelessness was increasing, making it obvious that the “issues first” approach wasn’t working. 

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