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 to everyone who attended the quarterly Oak Park Homelessness Coalition meeting at Oak Park Village Hall, Thursday, October 18th!
The coalition's five work groups – Affordable Housing, Service Intersections, Community Touchpoints, Public Awareness, and Jobs and Employment – reported on progress and next steps.
Gail Shelton provided a presentation on the Jobs and Employment work group's recent 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 Meetings.
Quarterly Meeting: January 17, 2019 - 10 AM - 12 PM - Location TBD
Annual Meeting: March 14, 2019 - 6 PM - 8 PM - Oak Park Public Library Veteran’s Room
Learn about the OPHC at our upcoming speaking events.
Sing-Along Messiah: First United Methodist Church - December 2, 2018 - 3:30PM
Speaker: Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion - December 16, 2018 - 10AM
Speaker: Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest - February 27, 2019 - 1PM
Your input is needed!
Anyone who lives in Oak Park and River Forest is invited to take a survey conducted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.