Shelter/Assistance Information

List of services for the homeless of Chicago.  Please feel free to supply new information and it will be posted.

Revive center for Housing and Healing (formerly, Cathedral Shelter of Chicago )
1668 West Ogden Ave., Chicago, il 60647
(provide free clothing, meals, computer center, housing, drug treatment, etc.)

La Casa Norte
3533 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone – (773) 276 4900

A Safe Haven
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
T 773.435.8300
(Walk-in, no one is ever turned away, provide many services, meals 3 times a day, shelter, transitional housing, various programs, VA services, retirement homes. EVERY WED: food pantry 10am-1pm).  Helps people aspire, transform, and sustain their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable model. A Safe Haven provides services pertaining to education, individualized case management, and supportive housing. A Safe Haven also provides housing for Veterans from transitional housing, per diem housing to permanent affordable housing.

Center for Changing Lives / Humboldt Park Social Services

The focus of all CCL’s programs is empowering members of our community to gain stability in their lives and to maintain or become permanently housed. To that end, the Center for Changing Lives (CCL) provides coordinated, comprehensive services to prevent homelessness and to assist clients in obtaining permanent housing.
Services include:
· HUD certified housing counseling, including housing relocation assistance
· Employment coaching and placement,
· Financial counseling, including accessing to emergency fund assistance and asset building programs,
· Income support screening and advocacy,
· Intensive case management, including assessment and goal planning
· Representative Payee Program, in which CCL manages the Social Security funds for over 60 clients found incapable of managing their financial affairs to secure their basic needs and encourage their housing stability,
· Job readiness and life skills training,
· Referrals to external resources for vocational training, substance abuse recovery services, and mental health counseling,
Mail services and a resource room, with three independent computer stations
CCL is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Fridays from 10am to Noon.
CCL’s Interim Housing:
CCL operates two Interim Housing programs: A thirty bed program for single women and families and a twenty-two bed program for single men. The goal of each program is to exit clients into permanent housing through case management, emotional and spiritual supports, life skills, family support programming and supportive services. Most of these services are provided through the Center for Changing Lives.
Participants in our Interim Housing programs typically reside with us 4 to 6 months, while they receive the support they need to overcome the formidable obstacles presented by homelessness.
Individuals and families experiencing homelessness are encouraged to go to the Center for Changing Lives for intake and eligibility screening for Interim Housing.
CCL’s Food Pantry and Clothing Distribution:
The Food Pantry serves more than 150 households who reside between North Avenue, Diversey, Kedzie, and Western each month. Through this program CCL provides neighboring households with food packages that could feed a family for up to a month. During its hours of operation, any CCL participant is welcomed to access to gently used clothing generously donated by our supporters and neighbors. The Food Pantry serves as a prevention strategy, defraying a monthly expense and allowing families who are housed the option of redirecting their income to rent to improve housing stability.
The Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am – 12pm.
CCL’s Soup Kitchen:
Offering a full meal six nights a week, 52 weeks a year, this program is open to anyone in the community. In 2010, Over 24,094 meals were served through the soup kitchen. On average, 66 people were served at least one hot, homemade meal each day.
The Soup Kitchen is open Monday through Friday from 4:30pm – 6:00pm and Saturdays at 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
3051 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago IL
(773) 342-6210

Coalition for the Homeless

70 East Lake Street, Suite 720
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 641-4140

Polish American Association
3534 N. Cicero Ave.
(773) 282-8206

San Lucas Church
2914 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-5747
(They provide meals certain times of the week and cooked Thanksgiving meal dinners)

Circle Family Healthcare Network:

Provides Healthcare for the Homeless. Our Mobile Health Team is a multidisciplinary unit that offers free preventive and primary healthcare services for the homeless, the transient, and others who may be in need of medical assistance and who may have no income. Traveling by van to homeless shelters on Chicago’s West Side, the dedicated MHT staff of doctors, nurses, outreach workers, and volunteers create “clinics without walls,” at soup kitchens, in homeless shelters and at other places frequented by those who are homeless.  The team provides critically needed preventive and urgent health care services, distributes hygiene and health supplies, does on-site medical care, mental health assessments, case management, and refers clients to its own health centers and mental health centers or specialty clinics for on-going care.  Team members assess each patient’s medical and social needs.

5002 W. Madison, Chicago IL
(773) 379-1000

Homeless Shelter Directory

Stories Without Roofs (Boston) 

Humble Hearts Organization (Chicago)

The Homeless Angels (Lansing, Michigan with a affiliate outreach in Detroit)







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