Offering a SOJOURN between homelessness and housing stability

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Living on the street or in homeless shelters exacerbates existing health problems and causes new ones. Chronic diseases, such as hypertension, asthma, diabetes, mental health problems and other ongoing conditions, are difficult to manage under stressful circumstances and may worsen. All health issues are difficult to recover from when there is no place to rest and recuperate.

In gratitude to our 2019 Have-a-Heart Gala sponsors and event host.

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

We are pleased to recognize the generous donors in our top sponsorship tiers for this year's Housing Forward Have-a-Heart Gala on February 23rd. Their leadership level support means a great deal to us. There is still time to buy ads in our program book, sponsor tables and of course, buy tickets for the event. We are also extremely pleased to welcome Colin Donnell as our host for the evening. Mr. Donnell is an accomplished actor, currently starring on NBC's "Chicago Med" which films in Chicago.

Adar's Homecoming

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Adar is finally stably housed after living under bridges, in stranger's cars, on sidewalks, in doorways, in woods and at times couch surfing for almost 3 years. After being homelessness once before, Adar had made a promise to himself to stay on the straight and narrow to avoid being in that position ever again. He had a steady job as massage therapist, a car and an apartment, but after a break-up depression hit. He wanted be a "normal guy” but things quickly fell apart.

2018 Housing Matters! Conference Underway

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Armando Smith, Director of Operations & Client Services, traveled to Bloomington, Illinois for the 2018 Housing Matters! Conference, entitled “Leading the Way ” October 25-26. He joins nearly 300 individuals and organizations who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois.  The two-day program features several plenary speakers, interactive breakout sessions, and workshops in four tracks: Public Policy Advocacy, Ending Homelessness, Housing Counseling, and Affordable Housing Development. 

 

Compete to Defeat not a Trivial Success!

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Housing Forward’s 8th Annual Trivia Night, Compete to Defeat Homelessness took place on July 12 at Fitzgerald's Nighclub in Berwyn. The impressive first place trophy was awarded to Team Bro Bozos whose members were Pam & Charlie Meyerson, Jane & Josh Ditelberg, Janice Kieckhefer and Jake Skubbish -- but we believe at an event like this, everyone is a winner.

Housing is Healthcare.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

This past week Housing Forward Executive Director Lynda Schueler and Supportive Housing Director Patricia Stokes attended the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Annual Summit in Los Angeles, June 5-7. 

The CSH Summit brings together national stakeholders in the supportive housing movement and overall housing policy to discuss and begin to solve issues surrounding topics such as developing and managing supportive housing, equity policy, healthcare, system transformation and current innovations in the supportive housing field.

Secondary Site for Emergency Shelter

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

On April 8th we will open a new shelter to increase our PADS efforts. During the last quarter of 2017 and continuing into the new year we saw an increased need for more shelter space in the Oak Park community. We were at capacity and often in the position of turning away individuals and families who were in need of immediate shelter.

St. Christopher’s faith community was able to answer our call and is offering their facility as additional Shelter on Sunday nights.

We are still in need of volunteer teams to make this new PADS shelter a success. Please contact Tonisha Daniel, tdaniel@housingforward.org or 708.338.1724 to help with this effort.

Families and Children in our PADS Shelter

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Recently, Housing Forward has experienced an influx of families in our PADS Shelter. We know that being without a permanent house places extreme stress on families. Housing Forward is committed to placing a high priority on children and families in all of our programs. As we work to provide comprehensive support for these families, we are seeking volunteers who can help support the parents with providing books and educational supplies so that they can help their school age children with their homework.

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