What a Community!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

We are an amazing community! The outpouring of support from donors, congregational groups, organizations, and small businesses throughout the COVID crisis has, frankly, stunned us. The unwavering support since March allowed Housing Forward to respond swiftly to keep those experiencing homelessness safe. We are humbled and deeply appreciative of all those who have offered assistance, encouragement, and stepped up to help neighbors who are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Sojourner House Celebrates its First Anniversary

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Exactly one year ago today, September 5, 2019, Housing Forward unveiled Sojourner House, its next step toward ending homelessness. Based in Oak Park, this interim housing and medical respite program is the first of its kind in suburban Cook County.

Thanks to National Express Transit, We Are Really Going Places

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
Staff members with donated van.

CDT, owned by National Express Transit (NEXT), recently delivered a passenger van they have donated to our agency. It is the first vehicle we have ever owned and will greatly lessen our dependence on rental trucks and staff vehicles. We are grateful to Delilah Strickland, a member of our Board of Directors, who generously made this gift possible through her employer.

A Hotel-to-Home Kit Finds Its Way Home

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Imagine moving to a new apartment when everything you own fits in several grocery bags. That is the experience of many of those we’re serving through the Hotel-to-Home Initiative.

Since each Hotel-to-Home Kit has a story, we’re sharing how one kit came into being.

“Hotel to Home” Project Meets Bat Mitzvah Project

Friday, July 10th, 2020

The UPS driver stops regularly at the Weiss’ house in Oak Park. Inside, boxes of donated household items are piled up—filling their living room and spilling out into hallways.

“I’m comfortable and happy again.”

Monday, June 29th, 2020
House to Home kit delivery

When the COVID-19 crisis forced the suspension of our regular PADS emergency shelter schedule, Oak Parker Michelle Afenya, who is affiliated with Calvary Memorial Church, missed her site captain duties and wanted to continue helping Housing Forward in some way.

110 men, women and families are moving from hotels to permanent homes!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Housing Forward has exciting news! The next step in our response to the COVID-19 crisis is to move clients from hotels to permanent homes.
We believe that no one sheltered temporarily due to the pandemic should return to the street.