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



THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who attended the quarterly Oak Park Homelessness Coalition meeting at Oak Park Village Hall, Wednesday, April 18th. 

We heard Roy's story – Roy was living on the streets and initially declined help until an accident made him realize that he needed to address his housing stability.

The coalition's five work groups – Affordable Housing, Service Intersections, Community Touchpoints, Public Awareness and Jobs and Employment – reported on progress and next steps.

Teresa Powell provided an update on the newly formed Jobs and Employment work group's first meeting and their plans and goals moving forward. The Jobs and Employment work group developed six objectives to link individuals and families with stable income and employment, including:

  • Work with employers to better understand the challenges that they face in getting and retaining reliable and qualified workers

  • Work with agencies and groups providing training for jobs to build better collaboration between companies, training programs and people seeking work

  • Explore opportunities for vocational training partnerships with the high school and local colleges

To end homelessness, we need support to spread the word. Like the Facebook page and invite your friends to like the Facebook page. 

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


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. 

July 19, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Village Hall, Room 101

October 18, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Village Hall, Room 101


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.