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In Chicago, The Salvation Army provides shelter for 700 men, women and children every year,
and works to keep thousands from becoming homeless.

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Nearly 1 of every 20 Chicagoans is homeless. 

This means struggling neighbors are sleeping on the streets, in cars, staying with family or friends temporarily, or frequently moving from residence to residence.

About 15 percent of the homeless population is comprised of "chronically homeless" individuals.

With Chicago's brutal weather, this population is most vulnerable during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

How we help provide housing in our community:

Our homelessness prevention programs and shelters provide safe housing, food, spiritual and practical support to families who have nowhere else to go.

Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center, call the emergency assistance hotline 773.205.3520 or learn more online

Mobile Feeding & Homeless Outreach
The Salvation Army makes more than 25 stops every day to provide hot meals, case management, and mental health and substance abuse services to the homeless. We are ready to assist those interested in leaving the streets. Download the Mobile Unit's schedule.

Shield of Hope
The nation's first Emergency Homeless Assessment and Response Center to address the needs of families in crisis, the Shield of Hope can provide shelter for up to 75 people. The Salvation Army staff help families identify more stable living situations within 14 days. Upon their move, families are connected with community support services to better navigate their futures.

Harbor Light
The Harbor Light program at The Salvation Army Freedom Center is an intense, inpatient (residential) substance abuse treatment program. The program - one of the most respected in the country - also provides transitional services and employment training to help clients overcome their addiction and successfully transition back into their communities.

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