The Coalition

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: 

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


For immediate needs in Oak Park, go to Housing Forward's Oak Park Office: 6634 W. Roosevelt Road  /  708.386.1946

The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition is comprised of multiple local businesses, government, and service agencies. Reference the complete list below for more information.

8th Legislative District
State Representative, LaShawn K. Ford

39th District
Illinois Senator, Don Harmon

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Adult Redeploy Illinois
Adult Redeploy Illinois was established by the Crime Reduction Act (Public Act 96-0761) to provide financial incentives to local jurisdictions for programs that allow diversion of non-violent offenders from state prisons by providing community-based services.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) organizes and advocates preventing and ending homelessness, because housing is a human right in a just society.

Community of Congregations
The Community of Congregations is an interfaith organization serving the greater Oak Park - River Forest, Illinois area.

Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township
The purpose of the Community Mental Health Board is to plan, develop, coordinate, evaluate, and fund mental health services in Oak Park, including services for persons with mental disorders, alcohol, or other drug dependence or developmental disorders.    

Oak Park Elementary School District 97
The mission of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is to guarantee that each student achieves optimal intellectual growth while developing socially, emotionally, and physically.

Downtown Oak Park
Downtown Oak Park promotes the business development and expansion of Oak Park’s central business district.

Hephzibah Children’s Association
The Hephzibah Children’s Association offers short- and long-term group homes for children traumatized by neglect and abuse, child welfare and family services, foster care and adoption programs and award-winning day care on a sliding scale for families of all income levels.

Housing Forward 
The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability, with a comprehensive "housing + services" solution for transitioning individuals and families out of homelessness.

New Moms, Inc.
New Moms supports young moms (aged 13-24) and their children, who are experiencing poverty and homelessness, with the personal and workforce development tools they need to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society, to economic independence and family stability.

Oak Park Public Library
The Oak Park Public Library offers expertise and resources to kids, teens, job seekers, and businesses.  

Oak Park Residence Corporation
The Oak Park Residence Corporation is a community-based, non-profit housing development corporation that promotes Oak Park as a diverse and economically balanced community by providing quality rental housing at an affordable price.

Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is a member organization providing leadership, information, events, workshops and opportunities for networking and relationship-building to businesses and residents of Oak Park and River Forest.

Oak Park River-Forest Community Foundation
The Community Foundation facilitates philanthropy by providing a central resource for donors, professional financial advisors, student scholarships and nonprofit organizations serving Oak Park and River Forest.

Oak Park Township
Oak Park Township assists residents by providing a variety of governmental services and resources, with a special emphasis on advocacy and partnerships in human services that benefit at-risk youth and senior citizens as well as mentally ill and financially struggling community members.

Oak Park and River Forest High School
Oak Park and River Forest High School provides a dynamic, supportive learning environment that cultivates knowledge, skills, and character and strives for equity and excellence for all students.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry’s mission is to work together as a community to reduce hunger locally through direct hunger relief services, hunger awareness education and advocacy to influence anti-hunger policy.

Oak Park Police Department
The mission of the Oak Park Police Department is to provide high-quality law enforcement services that are accessible to all members of the community.

Park District of Oak Park
In partnership with the community, the Park District of Oak Park enriches lives by providing meaningful experiences through programs, parks, and facilities

Pillars is a not-for-profit social service organization that provides quality, community-based services for over 10,000 individuals and families annually who are facing challenges and crisis.

Prevail, now a program of Housing Forward, provides emergency assistance and referrals to individuals and families in times of financial crisis and struggle, addressing immediate basic needs and laying the groundwork for future stability

Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, Inc.
PLCCA is committed to being a one-stop environment offering a full range of programs and services to promote empowerment and self-sufficiency.

The Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest
The Rotary is a club made up of about 90 local business men and women, from both the profit and non-profit sectors of Oak Park-River Forest community, whose object is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives.

Thrive Counseling Center
Thrive Counseling Center - formerly Family Service - is a comprehensive mental health center in Oak Park, Illinois, missioned with building healthy minds, families, and communities by empowering people to attain mental and emotional well-being.

Triton College
Triton College is one of the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher education, committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong learning environment for our diverse community. 

Village of Oak Park
The municipal government of the Village of Oak Park provides a wide range of services for the 52,000 residents who reside within the 4.5-square-mile community adjacent to the City of Chicago. In addition to ensuring public safety and maintaining essential public infrastructure, the Village also administers federal block grants that support services and programs created to assist the homeless in the community.

The Way Back Inn
The Way Back Inn serves adult men and women who are suffering from alcohol, drug, and gambling dependence. Its overall goal is to help clients achieve continuous sobriety.

West Cook YMCA
The West Cook YMCA, rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition, is dedicated to developing the spirit, mind, and body of all persons through quality leadership, programs and services, in cooperation with community groups for the common good.