Emergency shelter is the first step toward ending homelessness
If you need help, call (708) 354-0858
Please click here to find a list of warming centers in the area. Some are open daily, while others are open during the week only.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we followed the best practices for mitigating the spread of the disease among the high-risk homeless people we serve, in the communities where they live, and among our staff, volunteers and donors. We are overwhelmed by the goodwill and generosity of new and old friends, who support our mission to help the most vulnerable members of our communities through housing and supportive services.
BEDS is pleased to report that all of our program staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. We are now focusing efforts on helping our clients get vaccinated. So far, 44 clients have been able to get their vaccines through our partnership with Pillars Community Health.
We continue to work with people in need on a case-by-case basis to find the best solutions for their situation. From mid-March through the end of July 2020, BEDS delivered 12,506 nights of emergency shelter to 234 clients and provided 37,518 meals. BEDS successfully prevented any COVID-19 infections among congregate shelter guests and BEDS staff by strictly adhering to CDC guidelines.
Since the shelter-in-place order was issued last year, BEDS and other members of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County have provided 113,000 nights of emergency shelter for more than 1,200 individuals experiencing homelessness and secured rooms in local hotels for those with nowhere safe to stay. Some of the 1,200 came from homeless shelters, while others were pushed into homelessness due to the impact of COVID-19.
Members of the Alliance have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic to provide emergency housing in hotels, assist families unable to pay their rent, and help people find safe and affordable places to call home. The solution to homelessness is housing, and the Alliance and its members are mobilizing to move hundreds of people out of homelessness and into their own homes. Despite our best efforts, suburban Cook County needs more resources to meet the needs of a growing number of households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We need additional support from the community and all levels of government to respond to this crisis. Click here to read more.
Daytime Support Centers
- Our Ogden Avenue and Worth Daytime Support Centers remain closed.
- The Ogden Avenue Front Desk and our professional staff are still available 24/7 at (708) 354-0858.
- Pillars Community Health provides a COVID-19 Coping Help Line at (708) 995-3898.
- Click here for a list of local warming centers.
- People who need shelter must call (708) 354-0858.
- BEDS Plus Care will place newly homeless individuals and families in motel rooms on a case-by-case basis until they can be tested for COVID-19 infection and assessed for program services. Space is limited.
- Pillars Community Health is supplying screening and testing for sheltered and housed clients.
- Sheltered motel clients receive daily delivery of freshly prepared meals, wellness checks by program staff, access to telehealth mental health services, and other supplies they need.
Homelessness Prevention and Supportive Housing
- As the freeze on evictions and increases in unemployment benefits come to an end, BEDS anticipates increases in requests for Prevention assistance.
- More information on how to access Prevention services can be found here.
- BEDS commitment to housing remains a top priority throughout our COVID-19 emergency response.
- We have moved 18 shelter clients into area apartments to date, with more in the queue.
- More information on how to access Housing services is available here.
Volunteer opportunities are limited to helping prepare and deliver meals for the time being. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The BEDS Plus emergency response to COVID-19 continues to require flexibility to meet evolving needs. Our community has shown abiding support for these efforts.
Our gratitude truly knows no bounds.
Available every day:
- AMITA La Grange Hospital, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 5101 S. Willow Springs Road. Use the emergency room entrance, ask for security, and indicate the need for emergency shelter.
- Berwyn Public Library. M-Th 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 2701 South Harlem Avenue.
- Village of Broadview Municipal Building, M-Sat 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., 2350 South 25th Avenue.
Monday through Friday only:
- Berwyn Recreation Department, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 6501 West 31st Street
- Lemont (Township Offices), 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1115 Warner Ave., Transport available, call (630) 257-2522.
- Orland Park Township, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 14807 Ravinia Ave., Transport available through village for a charge, call (708) 403-4222
- Palos Township, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills, (708) 598-4418
- Proviso Township Office, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 4565 West Harrison Street, Hillside
- Riverside Township, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 27 Riverside Rd., Riverside, (708) 442-4400
- Stickney (Louis S. Viverity Senior Center), 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7745 S. Leamington Ave., (708) 636-8850. Available to Stickney Township residents only, please call ahead of time to ensure that the location is open.
Pillars Community Health COVID Coping Help Line for those struggling with anxiety-related responses: (708) 995-3898, available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pillars Community Health COVID Medical Line for those with symptoms of the virus: (708) 995-3529, available Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COVID-19 Test Sites
If you are a person making a low income and experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, you can still find help and hope. Our partners may be able to test you and, if you need treatment, help to find it. Check their websites or call for requirements.
- Amita Health, Hinsdale, La Grange and Bolingbrook. Screening required. Call (855) 692-6482.
- Aunt Martha's Harvey Health Outreach Center, 15420 Dixie Highway, Harvey. By appointment only. Call (708) 518-3356.
- DuPage County site, Route 83 and County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Pre-screening is required. Call (630) 655-8032 for more information.
- Family Christian Health Center, 31 W. 155th St., Harvey. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Appointment required.
- National Guard/Illinois Department of Public Health, near Harlem and Irving Park on Forest Preserve Drive. No appointment or registration necessary. Open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pillars Community Health, La Grange. Testing available to anyone who needs it on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointment required. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those who do not have insurance should call (708) 745-5277 to discuss options.
- IDPH Markham drive-thru site, 3824 W. 159th Place, Markham. No appointment or registration necessary. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 1 Ingalls Dr., Harvey. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointment required. Call (708) 915-2683.
- Walmart, 2424 West Jefferson, Joliet. Testing offered Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To locate other testing sites in Illinois, click here.
Our professional case managers are meeting with all Supportive Housing and La Grange Area Transitional Housing clients to share information about the coronavirus and verify that they have essential supplies, including medications. If they develop symptoms, we are instructing them to avoid emergency rooms and call their doctors.