Hair cut, fresh shave give client confidence

Hair cut, fresh shave give client confidence

The work we do at BEDS does not stop when a client is housed. Herb was housed in September 2019. He had stayed in our shelters after he was forced to live out of his car when he depleted his life savings to care for his sick mom. He never […]

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Undoing Structural Racism in Housing

Undoing Structural Racism in Housing

BEDS clients mainly come from five townships: Berwyn, Lyons, Proviso, Stickney, and Worth. Twelve percent of their combined population is Black; forty-four percent of our clients from these areas are Black. This is not an accident. Systemic racism has long denied Black people access to housing and creates the stark […]

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BEDS Special Bulletin: Douglas’ Story

BEDS Special Bulletin: Douglas’ Story

Douglas came to our office in tears. His wife had passed away in hospice care, and he and his fifth-grade son Ty continued to cope with her loss. When schools closed due to the pandemic, Douglas had continued working days while Ty signed into e-learning at home, but like many […]

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What is Housing Navigation?

What is Housing Navigation?

One of the primary challenges homeless people face is navigating the housing market. Housing search and placement services can address many of the barriers faced by those experiencing homelessness, such as low incomes and unstable housing histories among other things. Every Tuesday, our housing case managers help clients find affordable […]

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Federal Mortgage Relief FAQ

Federal Mortgage Relief FAQ

The COVID-19 pandemic’s socioeconomic effects have left 12 percent of households behind on mortgage payments. Although the federal eviction/foreclosure moratorium has been extended until July 31, many households risk being foreclosed upon after it expires. Luckily, some at risk households can secure federal mortgage relief for up to a year. […]

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BEDS Special Bulletin: Employment

BEDS Special Bulletin: Employment

Employment represents one of the many ways we help people experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness stabilize their lives. Today, we want to take a closer look at the issue of employment for people experiencing homelessness and how we respond. Do people experiencing homelessness work? A common stereotype holds […]

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New apartment brings hope, fresh start

New apartment brings hope, fresh start

Having a place to call home means the world to Danny, who first started working with BEDS more than three years ago. He recently moved into an apartment in Oak Lawn that features brand-new furniture and plenty of space to relax in. Danny loves being able to cook his own […]

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