Your Support Buys...
Every Little Bit Helps
Any amount that you can give will go a long way toward helping the homeless. No donation is too great or too small.
Family Housing for $1,000
A $1,000 donation can support a household in Supportive Housing for one month as they transition back to stability and self-sufficiency.
PADS Shelter for $500
A $500 donation can satisfy the immediate, temporary need for food and a safe place to sleep for 50 people for one night.
Utilities for $100
A $100 donation can help keep a family's utilities connected.
Identification for $20
A $20 donation can provide state-issued identification required for an individual to obtain employment.
Join our Monthly Giving Program
Join a community of supporters who are solving homelessness with their monthly gifts to Housing Forward. Your steady support helps us sustain the six integrated programs with which we served 858 people last year.
Monthly giving is easy for you, and we appreciate the reliability of your gift -- especially given the current uncertainty of many of our public funding sources.
For credit card pledges, simply click on the button above and choose the second donation option - "To make recurring donations - Click 'Create Profile'." After you create your profile, you can choose your monthly donation amount and the day of the month on which you want your credit card to be charged.
To change the amount of your monthly donation at any time, return to this page, click on this button and log into your account.
Become a Corporate Partner
Housing Forward believes that corporate partnerships should be mutually beneficial. We understand that contributions to your community must be balanced with the needs of your shareholders, customers and employees. In addition to the social responsibility and goodwill aspects of a potential partnership, Housing Forward recognizes our Corporate Partners among our donors, civic leaders and citizens of the communities we serve. Download our Corporate Partnership PDF for opportunities for annual giving with year-round recognition for your investment in our mission.
Donate appreciated assets
Donate appreciated assets (stocks, mutual funds, ETFs) and get a tax deduction for your gift. For your convenience, Housing Forward has a brokerage account to accept Depository Trust Company transfers of securities. Contact Gregory Bork at LPL Financial (312.967.4000 or gregory@RIGChicago.com). Account #1897-8327 DTC#0075
Wish Lists and Donation Acceptance Policy
Donation Droff Offs
To arrange a delivery of items from our wishlist (found here) email Enid Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.338.1724 ext. 220 to schedule a drop-off. Items are ONLY accepted at our Maywood offices, not at other sites. We prefer pre-arranged drop-offs (through the entrance door at 1851 S. 9th Avenue) on Tuesdays between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Donations on days other than Tuesday need to be by appointment by calling or emailing Enid. Due to limited storage, we ask that donations of gently used items be limited to the equivalent of one large box or bag.
Housing Forward can no longer accept furniture donations.
Please contact our partners at The Chicago Furniture Bank https://www.chicagofurniturebank.org/donate/ (form submission for furniture donations).
"House to Home" Kits
You can also help by organizing the collection of items for a “House to Home" Kit so our clients will have necessary household items when they move from the shelter or streets into their new apartment. Click these links to learn more. (Information for a group collection/Information for donation by individuals)
Thank you to the companies and members of the following faith communities, and community groups for supporting our clients’ transition to stable housing through House-to-Home Kits donations: Rockwell Automation, Ascension Catholic Church, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, First United Church of Oak Park, First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, Women's Club, Graae Episcopal Church, Oak Park Temple, St. Catherine - St. Lucy Church, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, St. Edmund Parish, St. Eulalia Catholic Church, St. Giles Catholic Church, St. Giles Family Mass, St. Vincent Ferrer, and Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
The Economy Shop
We are now a benefiting local charity from funds raised at The Economy Shop in Oak Park. Click here for information about donating items for resale as an additional way to support Housing Forward.
Our Donation Acceptance Policy
It's hard to say "no thank you" to a donation. However, if an item is not in clean or in usable condition, the costs of handling, storing and/or disposing of the item diverts funds that would otherwise support our clients. Specific guidelines are listed in our Donation Acceptance Policy (Download PDF).
A few last reminders:
- Please call 708.338.1724 ext. 220 to schedule the drop off of your donation. Your donation of the items on our General Wish List (Download PDF) will help clients as they work toward their goals.
- There is an immediate need for *NEW* men's, women's and children's underwear, backpacks/bags, toiletries, boots and shoes.
- We kindly ask that you assist us by following our Donation Acceptance Policy (Download PDF).
- Please limit your donation to one bag or box of items and do not leave them at shelter sites or outside our building.
Thank you for supporting our mission to transition as many people as possible from housing crisis to housing stability!