What is Homelessness Prevention?

What is Homelessness Prevention?

This month, we’ve been looking at our Homelessness Prevention program, which has been essential to keep people in Southwest Suburban Cook County housed in the wake of COVID-19 and its socioeconomic effects.   What is Homelessness Prevention?  The Illinois Department of Human Services defines homelessness prevention as:  Rental/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, […]

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What is Homelessness Diversion?

What is Homelessness Diversion?

Some households seeking homeless shelter have reached a tipping point. They may still be in an apartment but on the verge of eviction, utility shutoff, or another crisis. Their options seem to have narrowed to finding a safe place for the night. But once they enter a shelter program, regaining […]

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This Pride Month, LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness Remain at Risk

This Pride Month, LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness Remain at Risk

For Pride Month, we join our communities in celebrating LGBTQ+ pride, but at the same time, we highlight urgent needs among LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. A recent CDC survey found that 11.7 percent of youth aged 15 to 17 identify as “non-heterosexual” (an increase from earlier studies that may be […]

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History of systemic racism creates housing inequities

History of systemic racism creates housing inequities

Dear BEDS Plus Care Supporter: Over the past five years, our service area has doubled; our client population has grown by five times; and the people we serve have diversified. COVID-19 and its socioeconomic effects fomented another surge of people experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness throughout our service […]

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Summer shelter update

Summer shelter update

As our Winter Shelter Season begins, we want to take a quick look back at the results of our Summer Shelter program. It focuses on individuals who needed more intensive support after the regular shelter season before they could return to housing. It’s a much smaller group than the over […]

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