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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...
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.
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.
As we monitor the ongoing COVID-19 issue, Housing Forward’s goal has been to provide services, while safeguarding the health and welfare of our clients, volunteers and staff. We added a COVID-19 Response webpage as a centralized source of information about our response to COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
We realize this is a challenging time. We are here to help.
As our nation continues to be impacted by the horrific death of George Floyd, and countless other Black and Brown lives lost caused by acts of violence, brutality and racism, Housing Forward stands in solidarity with those calling for justice and reform.
Not long after putting out a call on social media for face mask donations, we received a delivery of 1,000 cotton masks from Ruggable.
We are listening to our staff and our clients, and digesting the events that occurred over the past week and weekend. Housing Forward is not just a set of programs, we are humans helping humans. Many...
This is Lalema Bakate, a valued member of the Housing Forward Outreach and Engagement Team. Lalema is an Engagement Specialist and according to Armando Smith, Director of Operations and Client Services, she is able to keep a shelter site running smoothly without ever raising her voice above a whisper.