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  • Latin@ LGBTQ Youth Independent Living Program

    ADDRESS: 2703 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622
    CONTACT: Jackie Gonzalez
    PHONE: (872) 829-2494
    Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    El Rescate Latina/o LGBTQ Independent Youth Living Program assist youth between the ages of 18 to 24. El Rescate’s mission is to provide identity-affirming housing to homeless LGBTQ youth, some being HIV-positive, and to provide support services to assist with their transition to independence.

    Associated Tags: ages 18-24 , basic needs , El Rescate , homeless services , housing , young adult

  • Identity-Affirming Youth Transitional Housing

    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed

    Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots collective of radical social workers, housing advocates and young people who are working together to establish identity-affirming transitional housing in Chicago.

    Project Fierce’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC launched publicly with a fundraising campaign in April of 2013 and received an overwhelming by the community’s response. Since our initial campaign, the collective has grown tremendously, and PFC have raised the money needed to purchase our first home!

    We are currently seeking to purchase a foreclosed or otherwise forfeited building on the West or South side that we will convert into transitional housing for 10-12 LGBTQ-identified young adults. In an effort to assure sustainability of our space, we will also offer low-cost office rental space in the building for grassroots, social justice-focused non-profits seeking a home. Through these partnerships, we will be able to provide wrap-around services while simultaneously offsetting operational costs.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , homeless , housing , Project Fierce Chicago , transitional housing , youth

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

    ADDRESS: 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141
    CONTACT: Lorry Luscri and Mandi Evanson
    PHONE: (708) 202-8387
    Every Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

    Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to all veterans and is a key treatment facility within the Great Lakes regional network of VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the southern tier hub of the Great Lakes region for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

    Hines VA hospital is a leader in treatment equality and is committed to providing quality care to all veterans, including the estimated 26,000 Illinois veterans who identify as LGBT. In order to provide culturally-sensitive and appropriate services to the LGBT community, Hines VA hospital emphasizes four core elements: 1) patient non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 2) an equal visitation policy that allows any person the patient chooses, including same-sex partners to be present during a patient’s stay, 3) an employment non-discrimination policy, and 4) training in LGBT patient-centered care. Their efforts in promoting equality were recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as being a leader in LGBT Health Care Equality.

    Hines VA hospital currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Elgin, Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. In FY 2010 the budget for Hines was over $510 million, allowing them to provide a wide range of primary and specialty services to all members of the veterans community.

    Associated Tags: adult , basic needs , case management , counseling , end of life , health , homeless services , intensive treatment , mental health , prevention & wellness , primary care , specialty care , substance use , veterans

  • Street and Community Outreach Program (SCOPe)

    ADDRESS: 162 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (866) 803-8336 ext. 0
    11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Every Monday through Friday

    Sometimes youth knock at our door. Just as often, we go out and find them. We seek to prevent homelessness at its root, by reaching at-risk youth through multiple points of contact: in the communities where they live, work, study, worship, and socialize. By working closely with schools, local police, and social and religious institutions, we better understand the needs of youth who are homeless. These relationships also raise community awareness of the symptoms of and solutions to youth homelessness.

    Through SCOPe (Street and Community Outreach Program), we offer support to youth ages 12 to 18 who are homeless. Immediate survival needs are the first priority. We offer to help reunify them with their families or secure other safe housing opportunities for them.

    The vast majority of the youth we serve are African-American, with the remaining 10-15% coming from other backgrounds. About a third of these young people identify as LGBTQ. Most youth originate from the South or West sides of Chicago, neighborhoods often characterized by high poverty rates, gang violence, and substandard housing.

    Associated Tags: African American , basic needs , food , homeless , housing , services , street outreach , Teen Living Program , youth

  • 120-Day Interim Housing Project

    AGENCY: The Night Ministry
    ADDRESS: 1110 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 506-4100
    None Listed

    Each year, our 120-Day Interim Program at Open Door Youth Shelter – West Town houses about 200 youth, and their babies and toddlers. The Night Ministry’s youth housing programs are the only programs in Chicago that accept pregnant and parenting youth as young as 14 years of age.

    Our Interim Program has 16 beds open to homeless youth, ages 14-20, who are not wards of the state and 5 cribs for children. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Youth are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , children , family , homeless , housing , safe , The Night Ministry , youth

  • The Samaritan Housing Program

    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Gabriela Zapata-Alma
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 335

    Serves disabled chronically homeless individuals coming from hospitalization, shelters, and streets. Program works to stabilize participants’ health and housing using Housing First and Harm Reduction models.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , Chicago House , disability , disabled , handicapped , health , homeless , housing , shelter , stability , stabilization , The Chicago House , welfare

  • Youth Housing and Services

    ADDRESS: 835 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: Nate Metrick
    PHONE: (773) 506-3123
    9:00p.m. to 9:00a.m.

    The Crib is an overnight space for young people ages 18-24 to get a hot meal, sleep, do yoga, dance, rest, and be safe. The space is welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations, and is open seven nights a week. We believe that every person deserves a warm, safe place to rest, and we do our best to build community with the 20 young people who come to stay with us each night. We now also have a new youth leadership program for guests of The Crib called the Crib Leadership Team, and young people from CLT lead activities in the space each night (discussion groups, game nights, poetry groups, etc).

    You can reach staff at The Crib daily between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. at 773-549-4158.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , community , discussion , food , groups , homeless services , housing , leadership , meal , poetry , safe space , shelter , sleep , The Night Ministry , yoga , youth

  • Host Home Program for Homeless 18-24 Y/O

    ADDRESS: 3737 N. Mozart St., Chicago, IL 60618
    CONTACT: Francisco Monzon
    PHONE: (312) 738-5921
    None Listed

    In October 2009, UCAN launched the LGBTQ Host Home Program, which is an innovative housing model providing an alternative to the shelter system for LGBTQ homeless youth.   The goal of the program is to ease youth into adulthood and towards a path of independent living by providing a safe home and the stability necessary for the youth to focus on pursuing educational and vocational opportunities.

    The program trains Host Home volunteers who invite homeless LGBTQ youth aged 18 to 24 into their homes for one to two years.

    Associated Tags: 18-24 , basic needs , gender non-conforming , homeless , homeless services , housing , legal , stability , UCAN , UCAN Chicago , UHLICH CHILDREN'S ADVANTAGE NETWORK , vocational and educational promotion , youth

  • Comprehensive Homeless Youth Services

    ADDRESS: 162 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 568-5700
    24 hours

    Teen Living Programs serve youth ages 13 to 24 who became homeless because of serious family issues, including substance abuse, and physical or sexual abuse. Many are ostracized due to their sexual orientation. While escaping these situations and leaving their homes may provide temporary relief, life on the streets carries the serious threat of increased suffering from predators, disease, and greater physical deprivation.

    We deliver comprehensive, long-term solutions to youth without homes who strive for self-sufficiency and community connection. Teen Living Programs offers housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training within a community of professional and passionate support.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , educational support , employment , family issues , health , holistic health care , homeless , homeless services , housing , job training , mental health , physical abuse , prevention & wellness , primary care , questioning , sexual abuse , substance abuse , support , support group , Teen Living Programs , therapy group , youth