Our Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) provides subsidized housing to men who are homeless or formerly homeless. All tenants are placed in safe, affordable housing in a number of communities and supportive services are provided to bolster physical and mental healing, help increase income levels and carry out our mission of ending homelessness. We strive to place clients in quality housing, as opposed to housing that we would not live in ourselves.
Because our clients have diverse needs, North Side Housing operates a number of subprograms as part of its Supportive Housing Programs:
Veterans Housing Initiative
North Side Housing’s Veterans Housing Initiative, a result of receiving the HUD Bonus Project for FY2011, provides funding for 21 units of housing for veterans who are chronically homeless, along with case management and other services to help them remain stably housed.
North Side SHP
Our NS SHP program targets men who are homeless or formerly homeless and who have both a mental health and co-occurring substance use diagnosis. All eligible candidates must meet the dual diagnosis. The diagnosis must be made by either an MD or a DO only. There are no other pre-requirements before entry such as a certain level of income, sobriety or involved in treatment programs. Currently we have 44 men in our program and in FY2010, the program had an 85% housing retention rate of 12 months or longer. The program offers studio and/or single room occupancy units in clean, safe housing located in the Uptown, Lakeview and Andersonville communities.
Housing Trust Program
The HT program provides subsidized housing for men who are homeless along with supportive services include referrals and linkages to a wide range of other services offered by collaborating agencies. All supportive services such as health care, employment assistance and others are voluntary and free of charge. Tenants in the HT program must have an income. The program currently offers housing in the Humboldt Park and Near North Side communities.
AFC Samaritan Housing Project
North Side partners with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in its Samaritan Housing Project. North Side manages 15 units of permanent supportive housing for those struggling with chronic illnesses including HIV AIDS. Tenants are referred to the program and a designated AFC Case Manager ensures participants housing and supportive services needs are met.
Housing for Health Housing Project
North Side Housing and Supportive Services is proud to be partnering with the Center for Housing and Health through the Housing for Health SHP Project. The Housing for Health SHP Project will provide 30 units for males and females that are currently homeless. Participants for this program will be referred through the Central Referral System (CRS), which serves as a single point of access for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to connect the most vulnerable households with the appropriate housing and services.
For more information on any of our permanent supportive housing programs, please contact Amanda Russell at (773) 244-6401.
While North Side Housing is always very much in need of your financial donations, the Supportive Housing Programs also need in-kind donations. If you are able to contribute these supplies and equipment, please contact Megan Libreros at 773-661-6721 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current strong need: Air mattresses
Move-in kits: Large frying pan, 3-4 qt cooking pot, spatula, large spoon, can opener, forks, knives, spoons, cutting board, butcher knife, drying rack, dish towels, sponge, tupperware, 2-3 glasses, 2-3 mugs, 2-3 large plates, mattress cover, set of twin sheets and pillow case, blanket, pillow, shower curtain, bathroom rug, large towel, hand towel, washcloth
Hygiene Items: Soap, shampoo, hand soap
Cleaning Supplies: Bucket, mop, broom, floor cleaner, paper towels, bathroom cleaner, Windex, toilet bowl cleaner & brush, sponges, laundry detergent , dish soap
Other: Bus (CTA) cards, bed bug spray, bicycles