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 coalition meeting at Oak Park District 97 on Thursday, October 19th. 

We discussed affordable housing, service intersections, strengthening community homeless touch points and community awareness on homelessness in Oak Park, with a surprise presentation from New Moms.

Sign up for our newsletter to receive frequent updates on meetings, events and initiatives led by the Coalition.

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

THE CORE TEAM
Lisa Devivo
John Harris
Vanessa Matheny
Carolyn Newberry-Schwartz
Teresa Powell
Jeff Prior
Lynda Schueler


Save the dates for the next OPHC Steering Committee Meetings. 

Next Quarterly Meeting - January 18 (More details to come)


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.