Our Supportive Housing Programs provides subsidized housing to 192 men and women who’ve experienced homelessness. All tenants are placed in safe, affordable housing in a number of communities with supportive services to bolster physical and mental healing, help increase income. We strive to place clients in quality housing, as opposed to housing that we would not live in ourselves. We served 182 clients in 2014.
All of our housing programs, with the exception of Housing Trust, receive referrals exclusively from the Central Referral System.
Because our clients have diverse needs, North Side Housing operates a number of subprograms as part of its Supportive Housing Programs:
The Veterans Housing Initiative launched in 2011 when NSHSS received a HUD Bonus Project. This program provides housing and wraparound services for 21 male veterans who are chronically homeless and living with a dual substance use and mental health diagnosis. In March 2014 we were awarded a contract through the Chicago Department of Family Services provide housing and case management to veterans with high service needs. We look forward to working in partnership with the Department of Family and Support Services, Thresholds and the Corporation for Supportive Housing on this project.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAMS
This program targets men who are homeless or formerly homeless and who have both a mental health and co-occurring substance use diagnosis. There are no other 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 2010, 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 PROGRAMS
The Housing Trust program provides subsidized housing for 44 men along with supportive services include referrals and linkages to a wide range of other services offered by collaborating agencies. Tenants in the HT program must have an income. The program currently offers housing in the Humboldt Park and Near North Side communities.
We partner with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) to mange our Samaritan Housing Project. This program provides housing for 15 men struggling with chronic illnesses including HIV/AIDS.
HOUSING FOR HEALTH & HOMEWARD BOUND
North Side Housing and Supportive Services is proud to partner with the Center for Housing and Health. This program provides 45 units for males and females that are currently homeless.
Our clients are always in need of household items to make their house a home. For a complete list of needs, please see our donations page.