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Recovery from homelessness starts with safe and affordable housing

“They just need a little help for big change.” – BEDS Plus Director of Supportive Housing Javon Harris

Javon discusses how BEDS and its staff are committed to changing the lives of clients like Phyllis and Richard.

Pictured: Executive Director Tina Rounds, Lead Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager Jennifer Tudor, Case Aide Janie Cundiff, Family Case Manager Chris Hart, Clinical Director Shannon Goold, Director of Supportive Housing Javon Harris, Housing Case Manager Carolyn Cain, Housing Case Manager Beth Kulinski, Assistant Housing Director Alexis Singleton

Rapid Rehousing

Rapid Rehousing targets individuals and families who are homeless for the first time and helps them secure housing quickly and solve the problems that caused their homelessness through supportive case management.  BEDS identifies Rapid Rehousing clients through its Emergency Services and takes referrals from partner agencies.

Through a mix of public and private funds, BEDS Plus provides eligible clients with:

  • financial assistance for security deposits and rent for up to $3,000 per household every 36 months
  • housing search, placement and move-in assistance
  • furnishings and apartment set-up equipment and supplies
  • service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training, such as employment
  • assistance with employment search and educational opportunities
  • regular case management support for six months to help clients meet their physical and behavioral health and life goals
  • financial coaching and housing plan transition

Rapid Rehousing Eligibility

  • documented history of housing instability or homelessness as defined by HUD
  • documented household incomes between 30% and 50% of area median income
  • confirmed source of income sufficient to pay the rent following rental assistance
  • commitment to a plan for self-sufficiency within program term

All referrals for rental assistance must be referred to our agency through EntryPoint.

EntryPoint is a collaborative effort to refer those in need to agencies that serve their area.

To access EntryPoint, please call 877-426-6515


Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing offers agency-managed apartments to clients with a history of chronic homelessness and disability.  BEDS has a rolling stock of 50 supportive housing units, including 30 scattered site units and 20 in the purpose-built Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing facility.  The BEDS Permanent Supportive Housing program serves highly vulnerable people with a history of chronic homelessness, physical and mental disabilities, and serious health conditions.

Supportive housing residents receive housing and supportive care for as long as they need, with the goal of becoming more self-sufficient and able to qualify for independent living options.

BEDS scattered site units are one, two or three bedroom apartments for an individual or family.  Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing units are 350 Sq. Ft. studio apartments with a private bathroom, kitchenette and living area.  All supportive housing tenants sign an annual lease that requires them to pay 30 percent of their income towards rent; the remainder is covered by a variety of public and private sources.

Currently, BEDS Plus has several Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) vouchers in addition to its rolling stock.

Scattered Site Permanent Supportive Housing Eligibility

  • documented history of chronic homelessness as defined by HUD
  • utilization of the emergency overnight shelter system
  • documented physical or mental disability

Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing Eligibility

  • documented history of chronic homelessness as defined by HUD
  • documented physical or mental disability
  • completed HACC process
  • must meet income requirements
  • must complete background check

Achieving the Dream: Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing

The day residents moved into Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing — April 21, 2018 — was a milestone achievement for BEDS Plus Care.  After more than five years of planning and overcoming a variety of challenges, the dream of owning a single-site facility built with the purpose of providing supportive housing became a reality.

On February 28, 2018 long time faith partners, volunteers, citizen activists, and so many others who have stood with BEDS Plus throughout our 30-year history gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing would not be possible without the generous support of many:

Arthur Foundation
(now Healthy Communities Foundation)
Burton Foundation
Carlton Management Company
Community Memorial Foundation
Cook County Commission on Social Innovation
Pete & Trish Eckardt
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
First Congregational Church of Western Springs
First Presbyterian Church of La Grange
FNBC Bank & Trust
Tom & Vicki Hill
Richard & Linda Hillsman
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Murray & Diana Johnson

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Mark & Martha Laubacher
Lightengale Group
The Mark Morton Memorial Fund
Issa & Peggy Muasher
David & Tina Rounds
Shed Studio
Skender Construction Company
The Speiser Family Foundation
St. John of the Cross Parish
The Richman Group
The TNT Foundation
Jeffrey Tobolski
U.S. Bank
Greg & Wendy Vichick
W-T Engineering, Inc.

La Grange Area Transitional Housing (LATH)

The LATH program provides local agency-owned affordable housing and supportive services to families with a history of housing instability, compounded by disability or serious and chronic health conditions.

LATH has served the La Grange area since 1991. In 2017, BEDS Plus assumed management of LATH, an independent 501(c)3.

Families eligible for LATH services receive:

  • up to 24 months of transitional housing, comprised of two annual lease agreements
  • Move-in assistance
  • regular case management support and assistance in achieving behavior health, health and life goals for household members
  • assistance with coordinating care with school and community-based providers
  • service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training.
  • assistance with employment search and educational opportunities.
  • financial coaching and housing plan transition

To qualify for the LATH program, the following documentation is required:

  • proof of family status – legal guardian with at least one dependent child
  • documented history of housing instability or homelessness
  • one household member(s) with a documented disabling condition
  • confirmed source of income sufficient to pay a portion of the rent ($400 per month)
  • commitment to a plan for self-sufficiency within the program term.
  • ability to meet tenant expectations as outlined in the written annual lease and client

Preference is given to referrals from LADSE program or partner social service agency.

BEDS Plus Care forms part of the Suburban Cook County Continuum of Care. Households seeking Homeless Prevention assistance should first contact Entry Point at (877) 426-6515 or visit an Entry Point walk in center.  Depending on their original location, they may be directed to another homeless services agency.