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Housing Opportunities for Women

Administrative Offices
1607 West Howard Street, Second Floor Chicago, Illinois 60626
Telephone: (773) 465-5770
Fax: (773) 465-5771
The goal of HOW Subsidized Housing is to help homeless women and children exit the homeless shelter system as quickly as possible by providing rental subsidies to secure permanent housing. Women and their families are identified from transitional programs and selected after thorough screening and assessment. HOW provides housing through a combination of scattered-site apartments and a building-based approach. HOW works with landlords; secures additional housing subsidies, locates and leases new units, transitions women into housing, provides property management services to existing units, and initiates new project development.
Before Applying Read the HOW Housing Eligibility Carefully!!!

Inner Voice
Hotline: (312) 666-8110
Intervoice is an agency that helps the homeless population of Chicago. They will help you find shelters throughout Chicago and if there is some income available they will help you find transitional housing. This is not a shelter, they refer out to shelters.

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Teresa's Interim Housing
Deborah's Place

1530 North Sedgwick
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 944-8669
Contact: Carla Felton

Eligibility Requirements:Single Women (18+ with no children)

Unit Description:
120 day program;Capacity= 10 women
How to Apply:Referrals taken from agencies or from self-referrals. Phone intake and then placed on wait list.
Services:Supportive services, on-site case management, therapeutic, education, legal, health and employment services enhances opportunities for women to gain housing stability and income.
Waitlist/Units Available: Waitlist is CLOSED (Full at 30), call back once a month for updates

(Date Updated: 3/16/2015)

The ARK-Sarnoff Levin Residence
6450 N. California
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be Jewish
  • 18+; Children permitted with Parents
  • must be drug and alcohol free, non-violent with no criminal record.
Unit Description:
  • 120 day program
  • apartment like setting
  • Accessible
  • Supportive services through ARK agency
Waitlist/Units Available:

How to Apply:
  • Call 773-973-100 ext 281 to get more intake information and the application.
(Date Updated: 2/6/12)
(Left Message: 3/25/15)

Hutchinson House
Lutheran Services
3348 W Hutchinson
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 509-0496,
Nicole Scogren
Fax: (773) 509-0209

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Severe mental illness
  • 18+, no children
  • Can tolerate group living and have degree of responsibility
  • Any substance abuse must be in remission
  • Must have Medicaid
  • Other qualifications in Housing binder.
Unit Description:
  • houses 12 women
  • women perform chores
  • 24 hr supervision
Waitlist/Units Available: 2 months-1 yr

How to Apply:
  • Call and application can be mailed for faxed (copy in housing binder)
  • Case management (employment, housing, other needs) and therapy are the two main services provided. As long as women follow procedures, they are allowed to stay indefinitely.
(Date Updated: 8/1/12)
(Left Message: 3/25/15)

Sanctuary Place
Interfaith Council for the Homeless
642 N. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (773) 265-0983
Phone: (773) 265-1207 (admin. offices)
Fax: (773) 265-1237
Contact: Tekeia Hienton, Property Manager

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Homeless women with special needs (HIV/AIDS, substance abuse/chemical dependency and/or mental illness)
  • 18+, no children
  • Approximately 30% of the units to provide a home to women ex-offenders.
Unit Description:
  • 69 individual units
  • (63 studio units and 6 3-bedroom town homes)
Waitlist/Units Available: Open, wait of 6mo-1yr

How to Apply:
  • Must fill out application to be placed on waiting list
  • Call 773.265.0983 for application
  • Pick up application or have it mailed. Best to come into the office.
  • Permanent supportive housing with case management
  • Large meeting spaces on the first floor. These "living rooms" offer a private, comfortable space for mothers to meet with their children / families
Date Updated: 3/25/15

Joshua House
Breakthrough Ministries
3330 W. Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 722-0179

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Helping women break cycle of homelessness, abandonment, addictions, domestic violence, and abuse
  • Not a DV agency
Unit Description:
  • Both emergency and long-term needs
Waitlist/Units Available:
  • Curfew is 8:30
  • 30 women for 120+ days
  • Case management
  • Community style living; shared bathroom
How to Apply:
  • Intake: Monday-Friday, 9-2pm
Phone lines open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

(Date Updated: 03/16/2015)

Grace House
1801 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 733-5363
Fax: (312) 733-5373
Contact: Bernadine Dowdell, Program Director (312) 733-5363 (Through St. Leonard's Ministry)

Eligibility: Recently released from incarceration. Women who are compatible with their goals (late 20s+) NO Children

Services: Interim housing, emotional and spiritual support, and professional counseling to women who are exiting the Illinois prison system.
Services are provided in a warm setting located on the Near West Side of Chicago.Residents are encouraged to set realistic goals for the future and are taught how to make informed choices that will empower them to lead lives with dignity in their communities and their families.Program participants come to Grace House voluntarily, seeking to take steps that will lead them to a new beginning. Women will usually stay anywhere from 6-9 months at Grace House with 18 women in the program at any time.

Application Process: Call for Intake, Each person is looked at case by case basis.

Waitlist Depends, Call to find out
(Updated on 3/25/15)

La posada (Interim Housing Program)
Casa Central
Office Phone:773 645 2300
1332 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: (773) 782-8820


  • 21+ single with children or married with children under the age of 18 (still in high school).
  • Must be a legal marriage.
  • Preference given to working families.
Unit Description:
  • 120 day program
  • fully furnished apartments
Waitlist/Units Available: OPEN, wait of 4-12 weeks

How to Apply:
  • Referral from social service agency or emergency shelter which will give documentation of homelessness. They must go to the shelter to fill out the application in order to be placed on the waiting list. Only accept referrals from DFSS.
  • Contact:Millie Hernandez, mhernandez@casacentral.org (773) 782-8820
  • Other Contact for more info: Clarissa Benitez -- (773) 645-2407
  • Predominately for Hispanic women; accept Non-Hispanic as well
  • supportive services from counseling, referral to alcohol/drug rehabilitation, nutrition education, domestic violence intervention, financial management, food, clothing, transportation, relocation assistance, and public assistance advocacy
(Date Updated:3/25/15)

La Posada / Casa Central
3209 W. Evergreen St.
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: (773) 782-8820
Contact:Millie Hernandez,mhernandez@casacentral.org(773) 782-8820
Eligibility:21+ single with children or married with children under the age of 17. Must be a legal marriage.Preference given to working families
Referral Process:Referral from social service agency or emergency shelter which will give documentation of homelessness. They must go to the shelter to fill out the application in order to be placed on the waiting list.
Services Offered:120 day program; families stay in fully furnished apartments and participate in supportive services from counseling, referral to alcohol/drug rehabilitation, nutrition education, domestic violence intervention, financial management, food, clothing, transportation, relocation assistance, and public assistance advocacy

Waitlist is OPEN with a wait of 6-8 weeks (Updated on 3/25/15)

Lincoln Park Interim Housing Community
600 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 549-6111
Fax: (773) 549-1767
Eligibility: Single women
Referral Process: Call on Monday mornings at 9AM to get an appointment. After completing an intake appointment with a case manager, a person's name will be placed on the waiting list and s/he will be asked to call each week until there is space available in the program. Once admitted, there is no time limit to length of stay, as long as a person is making progress toward goals and following all rules and requirements.

Services Offered: The Interim Housing Community serves up to 35 guests each night year-round - 24 men and 11 women. In addition to meals and safe living space, the Interim Housing Community provide showers and laundry facilities for guests. The average length of stay is three months, although there is no time limit as long as guests are making progress toward their goals
Waitlist is OPEN
(Updated 3/25/15)

Sarah's Circle
Day Time Support Center: 4838 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-1991 Front desk
Interim Housing:4750 N Sheridan Road, Suite 220,Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 751-7475
Fax: (773) 728-0992

  • Single women
  • Need to be 18+
Intake Procedure:
Daytime Support Program:
  • No referral needed
  • Walk ins welcome
  • Case management: NEED TO ARRIVE EARLY;must sign up for an intake appointment andthe appropriate case manager will be assigned to you
Interim Housing:
  • Need DHS Referral (call to see if they have any spaceavailable)
  • Offer Case management as well
Hours of Operation:
Daytime Support Program:Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Interim Housing:
  • 24/7 Shelter
  • Curfew for women is 9pm, Wake up time is 7am
Women's interim housing program offering services for as long as women are willing to attend various groups sessions (women have been there from 1 month to 3 years)

Daytime Program
  • Case management
  • Housing
  • Workshops
  • Showers
  • Clothing: must perform chores or participate in group activities for clothing
  • Meals: Brunch 10am-11:30am
  • Computer (30 min.)
  • Therapy, including group therapy,and art therapy (vary)
  • Yoga and knitting classes
  • Phone
  • Laundry: must sign up 1 week ahead of time. Laundry is at 12:15pm. To sign up for the lottery, come before noon; lottery is at 12:15
No Waitlist for Interim Housing, beds filled right now, call to see if there is an opening

(Date Updated: 03/25/2015)

Tabitha House
456 E. 163rd St.,
South Holland, IL


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Serves victims of domestic violence, homelessness, or substance abuse (mostly substance abuse)
Unit Description:
  • 60 beds
  • 12-18 month stay
How to Apply:
  • Must schedule an interview by calling the above number (case by case basis).
  • Also offers support services, medical care, clothing, childcare and services, educational services
  • Food; In-House Meals, Food Pantry, and Community Hot Meals every Tuesday at 12 noon
Waitlist- OPEN (3/30/15)

(Date Updated: 03/30/2015)

Habilitative Systems Inc
415 S. Kilpatrick
Chicago, IL 60644
Phone:(773) 261-2252
Eligibility:Chemically Dependent Women
Services Offered:A 28 bed recovery home for chemically dependent women who are in the recovery process. Women in this residential program receive individual and group counseling and intensivecase management services to develop and implement strategies to meet the objectives of independent and drug-free living. Morepermanent housing and employment are primary focuses while in the program.

Center of Concern - North West Chicago and Lake County
1580 N. Northwest Hwy., Suite 310
Park Ridge, IL
Phone: 847-823-0453 - Eva

The Center of Concern’s Homeless Transitional Housing program provides scattered site apartments and supportive services to homeless individuals for up to 24 months.The Center leases eight apartments in Des Plaines and provides personal attention, legal aid, budgeting services, debt reduction, and employment counseling to its clients, who must meet with their social workers once a week. Clients develop a personal goals plan, including saving 15% of their income in a bank account and 15% toward rent, to address the issues that led to their homelessness.
Must have a job and can afford to pay 30% (which is expected to be between $800-$1,000)
You can fill out the transitional housing inquiry form online or print it out as a pdf:http://www.centerofconcern.org/transitional.html

Wait list: Full

Updated -3/30/15
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A Safe Haven Foundation
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (773)-435-8300
Ask to speak to intake

Call number above and ask to speak to intake for immediate intake to get on wait list then have client call back every few days to check on status
Contact: Sherise Nicholas
Referral Process:Go to 10 South Kedzie for referral from Department of Human Resources. Bring it to reception at 2750 W. Roosevelt, and call back everyday to check status of housing.
(Will take various types of referrals, including DHS, but will take a LIFT referral on LIFT letterhead. (Recommended to go to Garfield Work Center at 10 South KedzieChicago, IL 60612(773) 722-3885 for referral but not required)
Eligibility:Poor and homeless men, women, and families (3 children max)- Residents must be 18+
Services:Interim Housing facility has the capacity for 406 beds, 210 men, 69 women, and 127 children. Residents can stay up to 120 days, but if resident is compliant with all policies, it can be extended up to 1 year. Single men and women share same-sex rooms. Families have their own rooms. Our residents have access to clothing, food pantry, health clinic, counseling and case management, employment training (landscaping, food service, clerical work, and housekeeping) and education

Waitlist is Closed=(Update01/28/13)

Updated 3/30/15

Ashunti RMS
4909 W Huron St,Chicago, IL 60644
Main Office: 4944 W Huron St
Eligibility: Single men and women who are seeking aid in learning how to manage with the stresses of life, whether that be recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, or simply getting used to working and living on their own.
Monday-Saturday support group classes/meetings on how to live on own.
Rent $400/month
OR, free for 60 days if referred from Illinois Department of Corrections
Waitlist open

LVM 3/25/15

Cressey House / Cathedral Shelter of Chicago
1668 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 997-2222 ext 229
Fax: (312) 997-3160
Permanent housing for those recovering from addiction.
Eligibility: Must be at lease 6 months clean with documentation, homeless, and have a letter from their case manager.
Referral Process: Referred by IL Department of Corrections or other social service agency (Heartland,SalvationArmy etc). The Cressey house will contact the social service agency to get referrals for their Transitional housing program.
Services Offered: 27-apartment transitional housing program for homeless individuals and single parents in recovery.
  • In addition to being chronically homeless and recovering from addiction, about half of Cressey’s residents have been incarcerated, generally for drug-related offenses;18 Studios, 8 1-Bedroom, and 2 2-Bedrooms on site.

    6 month-1 year wait list (Updated 6/27/12)
  • Left message 03/16/15

New Moms Inc.

2825 W Mclean
Housing program aiding new moms in their transition into motherhood.
  • Between 18-24 years old
  • Currently homeless (or staying in shelter)
  • Must be either pregnant and in third trimester or currently have children
  • NO MORE than 2 children
eferral Process:Call office number and ask for intake
  • Intensive case management services providing aid with employment, housing, day care, medical care, and other services helping mothers transition into their new lives.
(LVM: 4/1/15)

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House of Refuge
As of 4/1/15 House of Refuge is only taking men, women waitlist is full until they can get another location
1315 East 71st Place, Chicago, IL. 60619
(773) 660-1920
Contact: Rebecca A. Sankey, Director

Criteria: FEMALE ONLY. Release from incarceration, homeless, released from treatment centers.
Christian transitional home. Christian atmosphere. People must be able to function on there own, and have their own goals. SELF-MANAGED HOME. Mental health problems not accepted - must be able to function independently.
No case managers here: just housing and food provided.

Referral Process: Phone screenings for all potential clients. (773) 660-1920.

Services offered:
Everyone that comes there is self-managed. Provides housing (not a recovery home) transitional living intoindependentliving in a Biblical structure.
$100/month cash, and $100 from LINK to the food of the whole house per month.

Waitlist: Full for women until they can get another location
(Updated 4/1/15)

2255 E. 75th Street
Chicago, IL 60649
Phone: (773) 721-7088
Fax: (773) 721-7144
Okema Love, Head of Case Management
For Application materials look in the hard copy Housing Folder
Eligibility: Must be homeless, living in a shelter, or recovery home(must have documentation of homelessness for appointment)
Referral Process: Call to do an initial intake, they will then send an outreach person out to meet the client.In person appointment wait is 60 days (bring documents to this appointment)
Services Offered: Supportive services, and employment training

  • Provides supportive and housing services to 17 large families (usually with 3 or more children).
  • Program seeks appropriate scattered-site housing for typically hard-to-place larger families and assists them in obtaining / maintaining employment and/or mainstream benefits that will enable their self-sufficiency.
  • Services focus on issues such as; domestic violence, poor parenting skills and other child welfare issues.
Hope Village
  • Project-based, transitional/interim housing facility that houses 20 women in recovery with their children.
  • These women are recovering from substance abuse, domestic violence and other health issues due to poor dietary habits.
  • This facility is designed to maintain and nourish the parent-child bond, deemed critical for successful recovery.
  • Case management and specialized counseling address the myriad issues surrounding health, education and welfare needs
    • 24 bed facility for chronically homeless individuals suffering from PTSD
    • 3-6 month program
They will try to match the housing needs of each individual person,
No Waitlist- only have waiting period of 60 days for in person appointment
(Updated on 3/25/15)

8235 South Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60617
Phone: (773) 374-8165 ext 227 or ext 222
Sharren Love Williams ext. 227
Eligibility: Female (19+ with up to 3 children below the age of 10) with Open or Pending DCFS Case or currently in treatment, cannot be pregnant, must be clean for 28 days or longer, and can be a methadone addict
Referral Process: Phone Intake with Catholic Charities
Services Offered: On-site case management; Substance Abuse treatment
Phase I (Intensive)
Provides a safe and structured environment for the residents and children. Job training (on/off site), GED, and college credit bearing courses offered. Length of stay is approximately six to nine months.
Phase II (Transitional Housing)
Provides full case management for the residents that have transferred from Phase I. Residents may stay up to 12 months.
Phase III (Community and Supportive Housing)
Provides rental assistance in scattered-site apartments in the community along with furnishings and case management services. Residents typically stay up to 2 years

Updated 4/1/15

Saint Martin de Porres House of Hope
6423 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 643-5843
Contact: Sister Therese O’Sullivan
Eligibility: Women with documented substance abuse. Must be coming from a treatment center. Women are allowed to bring children (Boys under the age of 12)

Referral Process: Any Agency Referral. Phone Intake between 10 AM- 3PM
Services Offered: Clients are required to stay for 1 year with no maximum length; On-site supportive services, Education, Mental Health, Training, Child Development, Anger Management

-No openings at the moment. May still apply and application will be evaluated/put on file for future openings.
(Updated 4/1/15)

Also See Domestic Violence Shelters.

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