Shelter and Energy Assistance

HOW TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE

Our Social Services department can be reached at 773-205-3520 or email us. Someone will contact you within 24 hours, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. Messages received during the weekend will be returned on the first business day. 

 

The Problem

Home is where the heart is. Home is where memories are made. Home should never be a car, an underpass or a make-shift encampment. But for more than 126,000 Chicagoans, home is too often a pile of blankets and a slab of concrete. Some families who have homes have difficulty affording heat, electricity and water.

 

50.5% of Chicago's homeless population is comprised of families

Kathy, 29, fled North Carolina with her three young daughters (ages 6, 7 and 8), because of domestic battery. She came to Chicago to stay with her cousin, and found safety and security for a few 
months.

A computer business analyst, she needed to earn certification in Illinois in order to secure a job in her field. But before Kathy could get back on her feet, her cousin lost her job. Eventually her cousin, Kathy and the children were all evicted. Never imagining that she would become homeless, she was referred to The Salvation Army and moved into the Evangeline Booth Lodge. The Salvation Army gave them food and shelter, and helped Kathy navigate social services and begin the process of securing permanent housing.

Today, Kathy’s children are attending a dual language charter school, and Kathy is attending Microsoft Computer Certification classes at a community college. She will be forever thankful for the assistance of The Salvation Army. She says the adjustment has been hard, but that The Salvation Army has given her hope for the future.

 

Nearly 1 of every 20 Chicagoans is homeless.

19,000 Chicago Public School children were homeless during the 2015-2016 school year

The Salvation Army provides shelter for nearly 700 men, women, and children every year, and works to keep thousands of families from becoming homeless

 

How Your Support Can Helped

With your support of this campaign, a family will stay in their home so that sleeping outside is just camping and not a way of life. A young couple living on the street will finally have a warm soft bed, pillow and private room instead of falling asleep to the sound of highway traffic above their heads. A single mother will help her child finish his school work at the kitchen table instead of under a street lamp. With your investment, you are providing families the very foundation of success — a place to call home.

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