New paper released about integrating Rapid Re-Housing and Employment Programs

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity has released a new paper about integrating rapid re-housing and employment. Last year, 45 individuals in 27 households were provided with 4,484 nights of housing in Housing Forward’s Rapid Re-Housing program providing access to stable housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and, at the same time, providing financial assistance and wraparound services that facilitate a transition to long-term stability.

How your support impacted the lives of those in our community

Friday, March 24th, 2017

As we transition into Spring, it is a great time to reflect on the impact we have had over the last year. In 2016, our generous supporters enabled us to assist 1,849 unique individuals with their housing crisis. Of our donors that contributed at least one financial gift in 2016, 5% have committed to supporting our mission with monthly contributions. Imagine the impact we could have in 2017 if we increased our recurring donors by 10%. As you read through our 2016 program highlights, please consider how your commitment could impact even more lives.   

Solving homelessness as a community.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Housing Forward, in partnership with 30-plus stakeholders, is a leader in the efforts of the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC). After launching a Plan of Action, the OPHC continues to meet quarterly to develop strategies and solutions to combat homelessness. As a commitment to this effort, Housing Forward has integrated plan strategies into our 3-year strategic plan and will support this initiative through our agency's 25 years of experience and expertise.

Housing Forward the leading provider of permanent support housing in suburban Cook County

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

In August, Housing Forward became the lead fiscal agent for three permanent supportive housing programs formerly managed by Pillars, a community-based mental health agency.  Housing Forward has been a partner in the three programs since their inception. Combined, the programs provide 71 units of supportive housing to individuals and families who are homeless and disabled.

Volunteers - We Need You!

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Housing Forward has been fortunate to be able to help those in our community for the past 24 years and one of the most important assets we have is the wealth of talented and caring volunteers that help us achieve our mission.
Our volunteers are vital to us, annually giving thousands of hours of their time and resources, they exemplify kindness, compassion and treat everyone with dignity and respect, whether or not they have a home. They truly touch the lives of those who stay at the shelter and in turn, often the lives of volunteers are also changed. Volunteers are needed in the PADS Emergency Shelter to help set up and break down the shelter, prepare meals, and generally supervise the space to ensure a safe environment.


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