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The Problem in Oak Park

Last Year...
... 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

DAVE & ANGELIA
Received A 5-Day Notice

SUSAN, Age 50
Doubled Up

JENNIFER, Age 29 Fleeing Domestic Violence

JENNIFER, Age 29
Fleeing Domestic Violence

ROSE, Age 45 Doubled Up

ROSE, Age 45
Doubled Up

JOHN, Age 45 Homeless 1 Month

JOHN, Age 45
Homeless 1 Month

RACHEL & SAMANTHA Homeless 4 Months

RACHEL & SAMANTHA
Homeless 4 Months

STEVE, Age 24 Homeless 18 Months

STEVE, Age 24
Homeless 18 Months

VICTORIA, Age 68 Homeless 10 Years

VICTORIA, Age 68
Homeless 10 Years


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