As of July 1, the supportive services intended to keep clients stable in their apartments have been cut by more than 50% due to the state's budget impasse. Housing Forward's now-reduced state contract to support the delivery of critical services to individuals and families residing in supportive housing across our community services area has been signed, but the funding has not started flowing.
Open Door Housing, launched in October 2013, is near capacity 10 months ahead of schedule.
Volunteers are needed for the final PADS Transitional Shelter site.
Congregation impact reports for the 2014-2015 season are now available on our website.
Carol, one of our clients in Open Door Housing, has been chosen to take part in a panel discussion in Washington D.C. about mental illness and the role healthcare and community supports play in treating the disease.
Sophie & Lila will be selling pink lemonade, popcorn and popsicles this Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm outside First United Church of Oak Park, with the proceeds benefiting Housing Forward.
In the past month, Outreach & Engagement Specialists and Housing staff members have facilitated life skills classes for program participants.
"In the blink of an eye, I can easily find myself back in the position of the clients I help. I am all too aware of this. This is what keeps me going. This is where I draw my strength. As long as I am in the position to help, I am going to do so without passing judgement. That is what the work that I do is all about."