Right now, about 200 people are homeless in Oak Park. Roughly 100 people experiencing homelessness in Oak Park are children in our school districts and another 100 are chronically homeless. The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition is working to fix that.
We Are A Coalition.
Ending homelessness in Oak Park means making it rare, brief and one time. Our goal is to get people housed within 30 days from the start of their homelessness and to help them maintain housing stability. Our five work groups work tirelessly to bring an end to homelessness in Oak Park by facilitating these key objectives:
The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC) is made up of over 40 organizations and individuals working to end homelessness in Oak Park. The OPHC meets quarterly, with five work groups that meet monthly to execute a five-point plan to end homelessness. Facilitated by a5 and funded by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park, the Oak Park Community Foundation and the Village of Oak Park, the OPHC is working to make homelessness in Oak Park rare, brief and one time.
Created by The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County, Entry Point is the Coordinated Entry system for suburban Cook County’s homeless services continuum of care. Entry Point’s purpose is to ensure that all people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness have access to fair and equal housing. Click below to learn more about walk-in centers, shelters, outreach support, youth services and domestic violence assistance.
The Service Intersections Work Group of the Coalition has determined that in order to end homelessness in Oak Park, we have to connect the dots in a coordinated fashion from housing to job training to social services. The Health Connection HUB, a resource of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park, can connect clients and providers with the resources they need, from housing and food stability to healthcare and transportation.