If you see or know someone who is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, you can help. Ask how. Listen with compassion. And provide resources:

Emergency Assistance and Referrals • Street Outreach • PADS Shelter • Supportive Services • Employment Readiness • Supportive Housing

Housing Forward Headquarters:  1851 S. 9th Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153

708.338.1724 or 888.338.1744  / www.housingforward.org

For immediate needs in Oak Park, go to Housing Forward: 6634 W Roosevelt Rd, 2nd Floor, Oak Park  /  708.338.1724

SAVE THE DATE – OPHC Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018
7 PM - 9 PM
Oak Park Public Library, Veteran's Room
834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

TO RSVP: Please email Chloe at czuberbuhler@a5inc.com.

Thank you for helping to make homelessness rare, brief and one time in Oak Park!


Thank you to everyone who attended the quarterly coalition meeting at Village Hall on Thursday, February 1st. 

We read Amos' Homeless Success Story, then heard from Michele Zurakowski about the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry for our Coalition Partners Presentation. Work groups reported on progress and goals for affordable housing, service intersections, community awareness and community touch points. From there, the coalition discussed 2018 goals, revisions to the 10-point plan and decided on a new work group to strengthen attachments to jobs and incomes.

View the meeting notes here.

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Thank you for helping to make homelessness rare, brief and one time in Oak Park!

Lisa Devivo
John Harris
Jim Madigan
Vanessa Matheny
Carolyn Newberry-Schwartz
Lynda Schueler
Dawn Stockmo

Out in the Cold: What is it like to be homeless in Chicago in the winter?

WBEZ's Curious City spoke with folks who have experienced homelessness when it’s been bitterly cold outside and people who work at homeless advocacy or service organizations. 

From that information, they developed three “personas.” Each faces a series of everyday events that forces them to make decisions about how to manage their health, relationships, and personal values.

Follow along through this interactive experience that illustrates some of the myriad of choices homeless people make on a daily basis to get by during the winter months.

Save the dates for the next OPHC Quarterly Coalition Meetings. 

April 18, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Village Hall, Council Chambers

July 19, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Location TBD

October 18, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Location TBD

Your input is needed!

Anyone who lives in Oak Park and River Forest is invited to take a survey consucted by the Oak Park Department of Public Health to help to decide future public health priorities, including for behavioral health and developmental disabilities.

The survey is posted at www.oak-park.us/needsassessment.

For more information or answers to questions, call 708.358.5480 or email health@oak-park.us.

The OPHC Public Launch was featured in the Wednesday Journal. 

The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition was recently featured in an article powered by the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest.

Read about the action plan presentation and the inspiring story of Theodore Bolden, one of the night’s featured speakers

Click here to read the article.

The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC) is a multi-stakeholder group working to end homelessness in Oak Park.

Comprised of representatives from local governments, school districts, social service agencies, non-profits, the Community of Congregations, and businesses, the OPHC meets quarterly, working together to develop a baseline understanding of the homelessness issue in Oak Park, goals and strategies to combat homelessness, tactics to create a public-facing campaign that educates people about the issue and how people can help, and a broad coalition to help those who are homeless or in danger of being homeless.