The Problem in Oak Park
... 173 students were reported homeless from Districts 200 and 97
... 392 Oak Park residents received assistance from Prevail
... A total of 145 Oak Parkers were outreached by Housing Forward’s street outreach team
... 24 individuals received housing or assistance from Oak Park Township
Hear the Stories of Individuals and Families Affected by Homelessness in Oak Park
So, What's the Plan?
For the initial implementation of the plan, the OPHC will be focusing on four major areas:
Increasing Support for Affordable Housing
To end homelessness in Oak Park, we must create both an affordable housing approach and leverage existing units in the private rental market.
Creating New Service Intersections and Coordination
While housing is the centerpiece of local responses to homelessness, success in housing and becoming stabilized is often a result of receiving needed services and supports. These aren’t an addendum, they are crucial.
Building Community Awareness and Support
An informed public is an engaged public. Community education is important to advance this ambitious plan.
Strengthening Community Homeless Touch Points
Many of our community systems and resources touch homelessness, but are not a core part of the response, such as libraries, health providers, schools, and police. Better collaboration with these touch points will be critical to preventing homelessness and for ensuring a quick