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  • Latin@ LGBTQ Youth Independent Living Program

    AGENCY: EL RESCATE
    ADDRESS: 2703 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622
    CONTACT: Jackie Gonzalez
    PHONE: (872) 829-2494
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    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

    AGENCY: PROJECT FIERCE CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    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

  • HIV Case Management

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S.Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Andrew Roberts
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday, by appointment

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The HIV Case Management service provides medical and supportive case management to clients living with HIV/AIDS; including food, transportation, referrals, medication adherence counseling, housing assistance, etc.

    Associated Tags: African American , case management , Hispanic , HIV , HIV/AIDS , Latino , PROJECT VIDA , west side

  • Real Estate Agency

    AGENCY: DREAMTOWN LGBT
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Todd Szwajkowski
    EMAIL: Not Listed
    PHONE: (312) 423-9124
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Dream Town’s definition of family has always been inclusive … driven by a heartfelt respect for all our clients and real estate consultants. As Illinois’ historic new Marriage Equality laws take effect in June 2014 —and Chicago’s LGBT buyers & sellers begin to form their new families — we know many will have questions about the implications this change in legal status will have on home finance options, title transfer, taxes and other residential ownership issues.

    We’re committed to making sure that the LGBT community has all the tools they need to fully understand their newly won real estate rights & responsibilities. That’s why we created the Dreamtown LGBT Client Services Division — the first of it’s kind in Chicagoland. This new division will offer resources and connections — powered by Dreamtown’s award-winning residential consultants who specialize in serving the diverse needs of this unique market — in order to help the LGBT communityfully celebrate their “Pride of Ownership.” Sign up here to receive information about upcoming seminars and events.

    Associated Tags: Dreamtown , housing , Real Estate , realty

  • Realty Network

    AGENCY: GAY REALTY NETWORK
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    A network of LGBTQ friendly real estate agents in Illinois.

    Search profiles of agents of Illinois who can help you with your real estate needs.

    If you are an LGBTQ friendly real estate agent, you can add your profile to the network.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , communitites , Gay Realty Network , housing , professional , Real Estate , realty network

  • Grassroots Organization

    AGENCY: CHICAGO DYKE MARCH COLLECTIVE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL, 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fat-phobia and are body positive.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Chicago Dyke March Collective , communities , grassroots , grassroots organization , volunteering , women

  • Housing Connections

    AGENCY: QUEER HOUSING
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Varies
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Queer Housing is a tumblr dedicated to helping queer folk find harmonious housing arrangements. Post or search here if you’re looking to fill a space in your apartment/house or if you’re looking for a room yourself/roommates to search with.

    There are too many of us that settle for less-than-comfortable living arrangements, when there are tons of other queer folk we could be living around instead.

    FYI: This is a very PoC/trans* positive blog.

    Associated Tags: accepting , basic needs , Community Assistance , housing , permanent , Queer Housing , transgender , transitional

  • Free Resources for Young Women

    AGENCY: YOUNG WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
    ADDRESS: 2334 W. Lawrence Ave., Ste. 221, Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Thursday 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

    At Young Women Empowerment Project girls can get involved right away! If you are between the ages of 12-23 and have experienced trading sex for money, drugs, a place to stay, survival needs, gifts or protection or gang involvement — then feel free to come by. YWEP is open to any person who identifies as girl… that means transgender girls are welcome here!

    We have an Open Time every Thursday from 4-7pm where girls can:

    Use the Computer/Internet
    Get clothes from the FREE clothing exchange
    Meet and talk with other girls and get support
    Get FREE clean rigs and works or drop off your dirties
    Get FREE condoms and safer sex supplies

    After Open Time you can stay for a GIRLS in CHARGE meeting from 6:30-8:00pm every Thursday

    Associated Tags: basic needs , clothing exchange , free condoms , girls , health , internet use , needle exchange , prevention & wellness , safe sex , support groups , transgender , women , Young Women's Empowerment Project , youth , YWEP

  • Prevention & Care Committee

    AGENCY: AIDS FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 200 W. Jackson St., Ste. 2200, Chicago IL 60606
    CONTACT: Cynthia Tucker
    PHONE: (312) 334-0965
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Tuesday 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

    Prevention & Care Committee of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago meets quarterly (Jan., April, July, Oct.) on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , AIDS , AIDS foundation , basic needs , committee , HIV , HIV positive , housing , prevention , wellness

  • HIV/AIDS Housing

    AGENCY: EDGEALLIANCE
    ADDRESS: 212 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 935-4663
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    24 hours

    EdgeAlliance is a non-profit organization which assists its members in developing and operating quality housing and providing life enriching services to vulnerable individuals and families.

    Three housing units are available:

    Sawyer Gardens (1215 S. Sawyer Chicago, Illinois) – Sawyer Gardens is an independent permanent housing facility for families affected by HIV/AIDS. Daily operations and programs include Nights of Care, and Property and Case Management. Sawyer Gardens is comprised of 18 two- and three-bedroom units of family housing and has the capacity to accommodate up to 50 adults and/or children. Sawyer Gardens is ADA compliant, eco-friendly, and offers 24-hour security. Laundry facilities and community rooms are also onsite. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bath so as to provide independence and privacy for our residents.

    The Phoenix House -The Phoenix is a 32-unit Supportive Living Facility for adults who are otherwise homeless, disabled, and diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Each studio is fully furnished and there is a computer lab in the building.
    The Phoenix is ADA compliant, eco-friendly, and offers 24-hour security. Laundry facilities and community rooms are also onsite. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bath so as to provide independence and privacy for our residents.

    Garden View – Garden View is a 16-unit Independent Living Facility for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. There are a total of 16 units with 12 one-bedroom units and 4 two-bedroom units. Garden View is ADA compliant, eco-friendly, and offers 24-hour security. Laundry facilities and community rooms are also onsite. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bath so as to provide independence and privacy for our residents.

    Associated Tags: ADA compliant , AIDS , basic needs , eco-friendly , edgealliance , health , HIV , HIV housing , HIV positive , housing , Independent Living , Sawyer Gardens , south side , Supportive Living , The Phoenix

  • 120-Day Interim Housing Project

    AGENCY: The Night Ministry
    ADDRESS: 1110 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL 60642
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 506-4100
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    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

  • Senior Housing

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: Britta Larson
    PHONE: (773) 472-6469 ext. 445
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    In June of 2011, Center on Halsted announced plans with Heartland Alliance to build the Midwest’s first affordable LGBTQ Senior Housing facility on the lot adjacent. The six-story apartment building will include 80 studio and 1-bedroom apartments designed for independent seniors, retail space and community rooms for classes and special events. Construction began in June 2013 and doors will be open in Fall 2014.

    Associated Tags: apartment , basic needs , bisexual , Center on Halsted , COH , gay , Halsted street , housing , lesbian , queer , senior housing , Seniors , transgender

  • The Samaritan Housing Program

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

    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

  • Scattered-Site Housing

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

    Chicago House operates a range of scattered-site housing programs. These programs are apartment units that are spread out in different areas of Chicago, and usually offer clients rental support, case management services, employment support, and/or other support services. Eligibility requirements for these programs vary and the programs are designed to meet the needs of homeless and chronically homeless individuals and families whom are also impacted by chronic medical issues.

    Chicago House’s Scattered-Site Housing Program is also running an innovative, multi-year Special Project of National Significance, called Gaining Ground, which integrates housing and support services with employment services. The mission of Gaining Ground is to empower individuals to attain social and economic self-sufficiency. This program has found that combining supportive housing and employment training provides many of our clients with a continuum of tools to improve their income and housing security.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , Chicago House , counseling , economic stability , education , employment , empowerment , Gaining Ground , independence , life skills , services , social stability , subsidy , The Chicago House

  • Independent Living Program

    AGENCY: CHICAGO HOUSE
    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Paula Sanchez
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 2
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides housing to 24 single HIV+ adults who are living longer, healthier lives as a result of the newer medication regimens, but are nonetheless in need of affordable housing with supportive services available to meet intermittent needs. Residents live in our affordable studio apartments. At the same time, they are in a supportive environment that provides on-site psychological assessment, group counseling and case management and that encourages residents to develop supportive community ties.

    At each Chicago House residence, an on-site case manager helps clients obtain entitlements and benefits; arrange for home services through the City of Chicago Office of Rehabilitation Services; receive job counseling and training; and, if necessary, obtain referral to mental health services or substance abuse support groups

    Associated Tags: adult , affordable housing , apartments , basic needs , benefits , case management , Chicago House , community , counseling , HIV , HIV positive housing , job counseling , psychological assessment , single , support groups , supportive services , The Chicago House , Training

  • Comprehensive Programming and Support

    AGENCY: CHICAGO HOUSE/TRANSLIFE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Channyn Parker
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 333
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Chicago House’s newest program, the TransLife Center (TLC), officially launched in 2013. The TLC provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals.

    TransHealth provides a variety of resources and health information to transgender people impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, chronic illness, and/or mental health issues.

    Chicago House provides both on-site and scattered-site housing options for transgender individuals.

    The TransLegal Program provides holistic and affirming legal services, self-help legal assistance, and legal education to transgender people to support the overall mission of the TransLife Center (TLC) and the personal success of its participants.

    The mission of TransWorks is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender individuals. TransWorks consists of a 3-week skill-building workshop, career coaching, mentorship, and internship opportunities.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago House , health , HIV , HIV positive , housing , legal , queer , services , support , The Chicago House , transgender , Translife

  • Family Support Program

    AGENCY: CHICAGO HOUSE
    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Dan Sesztak
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 300
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 hours

    The Family Support Program (FSP) provides a permanent home for 18 families, including 30 children. The program works intensively with both the parents and the kids to stabilize their lives and help them break the cycle of poverty.

    Adults receive mental health services, case management, and career counseling from on-site professionals. Chicago House has also developed structured programs to address some of the kids’ most common and persistent needs, including programming for youth for college preparatory and vocational. In addition to services for adults, Chicago House has also developed structured programs to address some of the kids’ most common and persistent needs, from activities for toddlers to college prep and vocational training for older youth.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , children , communities , counseling , family , health care , housing , mental health , parenting and family , parents , support groups , youth

  • Youth Housing and Services

    AGENCY: THE NIGHT MINISTRY
    ADDRESS: 835 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: Nate Metrick
    PHONE: (773) 506-3123
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    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

  • Recovery Home

    AGENCY: STEP TWO NORTH
    ADDRESS: 4249 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 539-5176
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 hours

    Step Two North is a sober living home in Chicago, Illinois, just south of the intersection of Montrose and Western Avenues. Its short-term goal for its residents is a foundation for recovery, and its long-term goals include education and career success.

    Step Two North provides a place to live while residents get back on their feet, and can also provide outsourcing for other services including outpatient psychological, psychiatric, and substance abuse treatment.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , career , education , housing , living , men , recovery , recovery homes , residential , sober

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

    AGENCY: UHLICH CHILDREN'S ADVANTAGE NETWORK (UCAN)
    ADDRESS: 3737 N. Mozart St., Chicago, IL 60618
    CONTACT: Francisco Monzon
    PHONE: (312) 738-5921
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    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