Cicero Avenue Transitional Shelter

After nearly 40 years of providing emergency overnight shelter, we are investing in a new vision of the community safety net. We will convert a roadside motel into accessible, dignity based, low barrier temporary housing to support clients well into the future.

Dignity Based Services

This 55-room facility includes private accommodations for individuals, couples, families, and people with disabilities. Each room includes a private bathroom, microwave, refrigerator and personal storage. With an average stay of 90 days, this facility will shelter 350 a year. Clients receive trauma-informed, culturally competent case management and supportive services.

Community Asset

BEDS seamlessly operates within the communities it serves. This shelter will strengthen the area safety net for people experiencing homelessness and ensure residents who need services can access them. Our renovations will dramatically improve the Cicero Avenue and 85th Street intersection’s street scape and add green features to the neighborhood.


Proposed Renovations

Help Us Make the Future of Shelter Possible

Your pledge of support gives people in our community struggling with homelessness a chance to stabilize their lives and secure permanent housing.

To discuss other ways to give, contact Terri Rivera, Chief Advancement Officer | 708.887.8830

Redefining the Community Safety Net


Elevator installation

Sensory accommodation for the hearing and visually impaired

Fully accessible rooms (4)


80 beds in private sleeping rooms

Flexible community space for dining and resources classes

Onsite laundry facilities


24 hour security

Professional staffing 7 days a week

Community integrated operations


Streetscape improvements 

Facade upgrades

Green space

Inclusive services

Comprehensive, Client-Centered Support


On-site access to medical clinic and behavioral health services provided by Pillars Community Health

Mental health and addiction services referrals

Wrap Around Services

Employment counseling

Financial literacy classes

Transportation and housing

Meals and basic needs


BEDS Plus works with a wide network of community based partners to provide clients with health care, behavioral health care, employment services, and specialized, population-based supports. Key partners are championing this initiative.

Sam Banks Law

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth