PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IS OUR OBJECTIVE
Help the Needy Organization offers housing referral assistance to homeless individuals and families. Delivery of these services for this program is managed and delivered through relationships with private, federal and stage agencies.
If you are homeless or about to be homeless, you can contact us by completing this form Online Request for Homeless Assistance. A representative will contact you. The Helpline is the "front door" to available resources in our community network. Homeless individuals and families will be assessed according to their needs, vulnerabilities, and availability of resources, then directed to immediate services and assistance, depending upon availability of such resources.
For more information and request for homeless services, please complete the
Online Request for Homeless Assistance.
Sometimes people fall on hard times and they have nowhere left to go. When this happens, many people turn to homeless shelters so that they have a place to live temporarily. People can stay at these homeless shelters for a short amount of time so that they can get their life back on track and still have a safe place to sleep. Many homeless people take advantage of homeless shelters, not only do homeless shelters provide a safe place to sleep, they also have numerous other services such as job training and soup kitchens to help those who stay there get back on their feet.
Many homeless shelters are non-profit organizations and are often times associated with churches or government. The amount of homeless shelters in the country is growing and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has shown in recent studies that about 6 million Americans qualify to take advantage of these shelters each year. With the growing poverty rate, you can expect these numbers to continue to rise.
THE HOMELESS CRISIS
The new face of homelessness is families. An estimated 140,000 homeless people live in the city including thousands of public school students in shelters, in tents, in parks or just in whatever place they can find across Chicago. Thousands of homeless people live in small tent villages, spanning the city from in the shadow of North Lake Shore Drive to one on Columbus Drive near downtown. Still others sleep on park benches and on the banks of the Chicago River.
The challenge to address these situations may be as ancient as the Old Testament, but the new face of homelessness is far younger. Chicago Public Schools keeps track of how many students are homeless. Last year there were over 22,000 homeless students.
That count is up nearly 20-percent from the year before. Last year there were 2,500 students who have no adult in their life and still go to school.
Registration is required to take advantage of our housing referral services. Please complete the Online Request for Homeless Assistance to start the process.