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.
Our current team of AmeriCorps members joined State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, (D-Chicago) and several other service groups, for his 14th Annual Family HEALTH CHALLENGE honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The agency is excited to announce the promotion of Ebony Martin from Street Outreach Specialist to Family Support Specialist. Ebony worked in her previous role for three years, making numerous key connections in the community, and becoming a recognized expert is working with families.
On Monday, August 12th, Patrick Quinn, artist and PhD researcher, will begin a walk across Illinois to raise funds and awareness for people experiencing homelessness in the state. His approximately 190-mile trek will start on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois, and his journey will end a week later in downtown Chicago at Grant Park—a few blocks from Lake Michigan.
While the Oak Park Village Board deliberates about creating an inclusionary housing ordinance to provide affordable units in new developments or money to help fund them elsewhere, an all-affordable housing development (above) has been approved for the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street.
21 students registered as homeless in District 91
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.