Your support today will help us open in January 2022

BEDS Plus is strengthening the local safety net by developing a new interim housing program in Summit, Illinois. The Summit Service Center is a $2.6 million public-private investment in long-term solutions for people who are poor and find themselves homeless in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed critical gaps in Cook County’s suburban safety net. This extraordinary year made it clear that BEDS Plus must reimagine our essential services to address the serious needs of medically fragile and homeless persons in our community.

People who are homeless and also have disabling conditions struggle to manage their health care. They often rely on emergency rooms for medical treatment. When discharged from the hospital they often return to emergency rooms with worsened conditions because they lack a place to live to coordinate follow-up care. The Summit Service Center will provide up to 24 months of fixed site, interim housing for medically fragile homeless adults, allowing them to live with dignity while they stabilize and qualify for permanent housing.

For people who are struggling to meet basic human needs, the Summit Service Center will improve access to community-based and public resources. Together with long-standing and trusted partners, BEDS Plus will increase access to health care, mental health services and housing programs in a community at the heart of its service territory.

Please give your support to the Summit Service Center Capital Campaign

The BEDS Plus Board of Directors has pledged $125,000 to help raise $1.1 million in private support to purchase and renovate the proposed building at 7666 W. 63rd Street. The Cook County Department of Economic Development is investing $1.5 million. The Center is scheduled to open in January 2022.

Your pledge of support will provide medically fragile homeless individuals the opportunity to live with dignity while they stabilize their lives and secure permanent housing. The Summit Service Center will strengthen resources for those in our community who are struggling.

Gifts may be made through a two-year pledge. Gifts of $1,000 or greater will be acknowledged on a donor wall. Naming opportunities are available.

To discuss other ways to give, contact Julie Daraska, Development Director, daraska@beds-plus.org, 708-354-0858 ext. 115.

The BEDS Plus Summit Service Center will provide interim housing and case management to medically fragile homeless individuals who will receive dignity-based supportive services.

The Interim Housing Program will provide a stable, dignified community of support for up to 24 months for 50 medically fragile homeless single adults annually.

COVID-19 underscores the long-identified need for 24-hour shelter within the Cook County suburbs, particularly for homeless persons with disabling health conditions. Navigating a rotating shelter system increases the challenges of living with serious illness and disability, worsens health outcomes, and increases use of emergency rooms.

The interim housing provided at the Summit Service Center will bring a continuity of care that helps clients qualify for permanent supportive housing sooner and remain in shelter for shorter periods. In a rotating shelter system, care often gets interrupted when appointments are missed. This fixed-site interim housing will be a permanent addition to the Cook County suburban safety net.

Service Center Features:

  • 24-beds in semi-private sleeping rooms with two dedicated hospital discharge/quarantine single-bed rooms.
  • Showers, locker storage, laundry facilities, dining room, activity room.
  • 24-hour staffing, 7 days a week.
  • Wrap-around services including intensive case management.
  • Onsite access to medical clinic and behavior health services provided by Pillars Community Health and Amita Health Southwest.

Interim Housing Floor Plan

The new Daytime Service Center increases capacity to serve clients at an easy-to-access location in the heart of BEDS service area.

Daytime access to services and providers is a critical part of stabilizing the lives of our clients. From 2016 to 2020, the number of clients BEDS served grew from 762 to nearly 1,800.

The growth in the agency’s capacity to serve more people has outstripped the physical space available to deliver programs. The Summit Service Center will provide much-needed space for low barrier access to enhanced service and dedicated space for health and mental health clinics.

Program staff who are bilingual in English, Spanish, Polish and Arabic will meet with clients to provide the following services at the Summit Service Center:

  • Rental Assistance — access to rent and utility payments.
  • Housing Programs — connection to supportive and transitional housing.
  • Employment program.
  • Case management, access and linkages to community-based safety net programs.
  • Coordinated health care with Amita Health and Pillars Community Health.

The Summit Service Center will help close the gap in critical safety net services in our region.

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