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Many shelters in the City of Chicago require a referral from the Department of Human Services. In order to get such a referral, your client can call 311 or go to the nearest hospital or police stations. A DHS representative will take them from the hospital/police station to an available shelter. It is not guaranteed that they will stay in their desired neighborhood.

NEAREST HOSPITAL Weiss Memorial - 4646 N. Marine Drive
NEAREST POLICE STATION 3600 N Halsted St

HOWEVER IT IS WORTH CALLING THESE SHELTERS ON BEHALF OF YOUR CLIENT EVEN IF THEY REQUIRE A DHS REFERRAL. SOMETIMES SHELTERS WILL TAKE CLIENTS FROM AN AGENCY IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.
When you call the shelter always ask the following as all information is subject to change:
  • Are there available beds/spaces in the shelter?
  • What is your address?
  • Would you accept a LIFT referral (or is a DHS referral required?)
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • What should the client bring?

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.

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.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!!!


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  • Hannah House (Women with Young Children)
    Cornerstone Community Outreach
    4628 North Clifton Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60640
    Phone: (773) 506-6396
    Fax: (773) 303-0116

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • Single mothers with children (boys have to be under the age of 10 years old)
    • no sex offenders
    Unit Description:

    Waitlist/Units Available: Rooms available, call ahead if intereseted

    How to Apply:
    • Need referral from DHS
    • Call ahead if to see if there is room
    • Just drop off forms when open
    • No hours for intake, just drop in forms
    Other:
    • Always someone on staff
    • Meals
    • Case management
    • Psychiatric services
    (Date Updated: 7/25/12)

    Sylvia Center Shelter for Families
    Cornerstone Community Outreach
    4615 North Clifton Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60640

    Phone: (773) 506-6396
    Fax: (773) 303-0116

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Single parents with children up to 18
    • Single men/women
    • No sex offenders
    Unit Description:
    • 120 day program
    Waitlist/Units Available: Waitlist curently closed

    How to Apply:

    • Must have a referral from DHS AND call ahead for availability/intake.
    • Call (733) 506-6396 Single men (Sylvia Center): Ext-17
    • Single women (Naomi House)
    • Ext-20 Families (Slyvia Center): Ext-21
    Other:
    • Offers assistance in finding housing and employment, obtaining identification, and getting referalls for healthcare and other basic needs
    • Always someone on staff
    • Case Manager Available M-F
    • Meals
    • Case management
    (Date Updated: 11/16/12)

  • Good News Partners
    Jonquil Hotel SRO
    1600 W. Jonquil Terrace
    Chicago, Il 60626
    Phone: (773) 743-3859 (Updated 7/31/12)
    Contact: Peter C. Horth
    Eligibility: Single women or women with children. Need a referral, preferably DHS but they may accept some other agencies. Boy must be 11 and under.
    Intake: There is a phone intake process when you call the phone number that is listed.
    Services: Safe, interim housing and support services for women and children. Provides shelter and food
    • Dormitory style residence, dining area, sitting area with library and t.v., conference rooms, play room, laundry facility
    New Life Shelter/Interim Housing
    7632 N. PAULINA
    Chicago, IL 60626

    Phone: (773) 743-3859

  • Eligibility: Families/ Single Women with boys only up to age 12
  • Intake: DHS referral required
  • Services: 120 day interim housing program. Provides shelter, food, and basic base management services.
  • Info: $340/month, 1 room and share bathroom with neighbor. Most have fridges and microwave. Partially furnished.

  • Catholic Charities
    Family Shelter Program
    651 W. Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60661
    Phone:(312) 655-7700
    Provides:Interim housing to families at renovated convents at two locations in Chicago.
    Eligibility:The shelter services both one- and two-parent families, with children up to age 18. Heads of household must be at least 18 years of age. Residents are given basic needs, social services, counseling, and referral to other services as needed. Maximum length of stay is 120 days.
    Intake:The locations and intake numbers for the two convents are listed below.(Attempted to contact before cutoff)



    Madonna House (North Side)

    2915 W. Palmer
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Phone: (773) 862-9388
    Phone: (773) 278-8253
    Fax:(773) 862-9388
    Intake:(312) 655-7700
    Contact:Mary Fuqua
    Eligibility:One or two-parent families with children up to 18 years of old. Maximum length of stay is 120 days.

    St. Francis De Paula Interim Housing (South Side)
    7811 S. Ellis
    Chicago, IL 60619
    Phone: (773) 487-8615 or773-846-3018
    Fax: (773) 651-0852
    Intake:(312) 655-7700
    Contact:Jean Stratton
    Eligibility:One or two-parent families with children up to 18 years of old. Maximum length of stay is 120 days.

  • The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge
    800 W. Lawrence
    Chicago IL 60640
    Phone: (773) 275-9383

    120 day interim housing program to help get families off the streets

    Hours of Operation:
    Food
    • M-F: Breakfast:7-8:00am
    • Sat-Sun: Breakfast: 7:30-8:30am
    • Daily: Lunch:11:30-12:30pm/ Dinner: Daily:5:-6 pm.
    Eligibility:
    • Women with children
    • Married couple (man and women) if they have a marriage license
    Intake Procedure:
    • Call ahead to see if beds are available
    • NO walk ins!
    • Explain your size family/how many beds you need
    • DHS referral is preferred, but not required
    Services:
    • Meals provided to people staying at the shelter
    • Snacks
    • Case management
    • For people who have an income, they instill a saving program
    (Updated 7/25/12)

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  • Humboldt Park Social Services

    Interim Housing for Single Women
    2122 N. Mozart St.
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Phone: (773) 342-1091

    Capacity: 22 bed, 120 day housing for women and families

    Services: Shelter, Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Employment Services, Health Outreach, Case Management, Financial Counseling and more.



    River of Life For Women and Children


    1663 N. Mozart St

    Chicago, IL 60647
    Phone: (773) 384-3304 (UPDATED 8-8-12)

    Hours of Operation:
    • Office: 8am to 6pm
    • Shelter: open 24 hours
    • Interim 120 day program
    Eligibility:
    • Women with children (girls: up to 18 boys: up to 13)
    Referral Process:
    • DFSS referral required
    Services:
    • Case management including job readiness, apartment location, and medical referrals.
    • 3 hot meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
    • Nurse practitioner on site
    • Programs for stable housing


    Tabitha House Community Services
    550-552 N. Pine Ave
    Chicago, IL 60644
    Contact: Cheryl Dixon
    Phone: (773) 261-1100
    Eligibility: Single female at legal age. If space available will accept women with children.
    Intake process: Client needs to call the above number to do a phone assessment and the process will go from there.

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    Amani House
    11740 S Lowe
    Chicago, IL 60628
    Phone: (773) 874-8345
    Eligibility:HUD homeless +Women and/or Children (Son must be under 18)
    Referral Process: DHS Referral Required- Therefore there is no waitlist
    Services Offered:120 days maximum length stay.Housing, Employment program, savings program, counseling, family services,nutrition, child care. After client's stay, they may be placed in government assisted housing.

    (Updated on 2/13/12)


    Clara's House
    1650 W 62nd Street
    Chicago, IL 60636
    Phone: (773) 778-8861

    Contact:
    Janice Boykin 773-778-8854
    Eligibility:Single women and their children (Males under 12)
    Referral Process: NO DHS referral required. Social Service Agency referral required, so call with client
    Services Offered:120 days maximum length stay. Emergency and Second-Stage Housing,
    Counseling, Health Examination and Education, Therapy, Domestic Violence Programs. Disability Programs. For Future housing, they recommend some form of income.
    Currently full, but call Janice directly for updates
    Updated 6/28/12

    Excellent Way Urban Outreach Call to get more information -- no response on 10/11/12 -- No voicemail set up
    2510 E . 79th Street
    Chicago, IL 60649
    Phone: (773) 375-8845
  • Eligibility:
  • Waitlist:
  • Length of Stay:



  • Featherfist
    2255 E. 75th Street
    Chicago, IL 60649
    Phone: (773) 721-7088
    Fax: (773) 721-7144
    Contact:
    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
    Referral Process:Call to do an initial intake, they will then send an outreach person out to meet the client.
    Services Offered:Supportive services, and employment training

    Foundations
    • 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
    They will try to match the housing needs of each individual person, no waitlist (Updated 2/13/12)


  • Great Hope Family Services Call to confirm information- called on 10/11/12 - no answer, no voicemail.

    2624 W. Cermak Ave
    Chicago, IL 60608
    Phone: (773) 247-2271
    Contact: Isaias Gonzalez
    Intake: DHS referral required.
    Services: Provides 20 beds to single women with children seeking immediate shelter. Caseworkers help transition family into permanent housing.
    • Doors open at 6:45; first come/first serve; close around 9:00, required to shower; lights out at 9:30; out by 6:30am

    Lena Washington Food and Shelter
    1609 S Homan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60623
    Phone: (773) 522-3320

    Fax: (773) 522-3515

    Capacity: 65 Women and Children
    Services: Provides shelter services to homeless women with children and intact families. 120-day program.
    • We provide case management which assesses our clients' needs and refer them to the appropriate services (i.e. job assessment/placement, substance abuse counseling, treatment, domestic violence counseling, transitional and permanent housing placement).
    • During their stay, we work with out clients to help them achieve their goals to become self sufficient and end the cycle of homelessness
    DHS Referral required
    (Last Updated: 10/07/11)


    Olive Branch Mission
    6310 S Claremont Ave
    Chicago, IL 60636
    Phone: (773) 476-6200 ext 30
    Fax: (773) 479-0222
    Intake: Open Year-Round with DHS woman and children. Everyone else is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    Capacity: Single Men-125, Mothers and Children-100, Single Women-50
    Hours of Operation: They begin taking in women at 4:10 p.m. and men at 5 p.m. Exit time next day for women is 7a.m. and for men it is 6:30 a.m.

    Services:
    • They provide shelter for homeless men and women, as well as women with children.
    • They provide case managers and offer a range of resources to help with employment and other services.
    • Shelter provide meals and showers.
    (Last Updated 10/07/11)


    Roseland Christian Ministries
    10858 S. Michigan Ave
    Chicago IL 60628
    Phone: (773) 264-5665
    Fax: (773) 264-9442
    Eligibility: Single women with children. DHS referral required.
    Capacity: 75 Women and Children
    Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clients must be in shelter by 7:30 p.m. every night. Call ahead to see if there is vacancy.
    • Drop-in Center, Soup kitchen, food pantry, & thrift store
    DROP-IN Center
    Open every evening until 9:00pm (10:00pm on Friday)
    Men & women welcome, provides games, TV, special programs, etc

    SOUP KITCHEN
    Provides: Hot meals everyday, all year long.
    B: 7:00-8:00am, L: 12:00-1:00pm, D: 5:00-6:00pm

    PANTRY
    Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Provides: Monthly food distribution, emergency food anytime, and a tremendous Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket give away.

    CLOTHING
    Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Thrift Store "33 East"-Clothes, Furniture, Appliances, etc.
    Pick ups can be arranged


    Su Casa Catholic Worker

    5045 S. Laflin St
    Chicago, IL 60609
    Phone: (773) 376-9263
    Fax: (773) 376-9241
    Office Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    Contact: Elizabeth Connolly
    Intake: Families are placed on a wait list and called as spaces open up. To be placed on the wait list, call for a phone interview.
    Eligibility: Spanish speaking families (only 5-6 families)
    Services:
    • Provide housing for Spanish speaking families. Can stay for up to a year.
    • While living there, they have access to social worker, therapists, clothing, and other services.
    • Also given other resources to suit the families needs.
    (Last Updated: 10/07/11)



    You Can Make It
    5200 S. Morgan St
    Chicago IL 60609
    Phone: (773) 451-0602
    Fax: (773) 451-0603
    Hours: Open 24 Hours
    Alternative Location:
    5052 S. Laflin St.
    Chicago, IL 60609
    Phone: (773) 890-9681
    Fax: (773) 890-9682
    Eligibility: Only women and children through a DHS referral.
    Capacity: 50 at Morgan St. and 65 at Laflin St.
    Services:
    • Provides shelter for women and children for up to 120 days. Clients must be productive while staying there (e.g. looking for employment, housing, attending school)
    • Give out referrals for employment, housing, obtaining birth certificates, and other programs.
    (Last Updated: 06/28/12)





    Also See Domestic Violence Shelters.




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