Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization
Our Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization service helps hundreds of households in temporary crisis whose housing is threatened. Sudden job loss, reduced pay, medical expenses and other disruptive, one-time events put people who are living paycheck to paycheck at immediate risk of homelessness. They are already rent-burdened and lack the resources to navigate even a short-term crisis. This is where BEDS Plus steps in.
Through a mix of public and private funds, BEDS Plus offers eligible clients:
- limited rental assistance
- coverage of rent arrears
- utility payments
- short term transportation and childcare expenses associated with keeping or obtaining employment
- financial coaching
Eligibility is based on need and proof of a temporary crisis that has been resolved. Documentation must be provided for the crisis.
Learn more about our 2020 rental assistance program
Another way BEDS Plus prevents homelessness is through our Homelessness Diversion program. Diversion funding is used to keep families from having to enter the emergency overnight shelter system. They are literally homeless — usually for the first time — and through quick, short term intervention that secures a motel room, they are stabilized and re-housed through other funding streams.
Diversion funds shelter a family through a residential motel or other non-sheltered living arrangement until they have qualified to enter a Rapid Rehousing or Permanent Supportive Housing program, typically within 30 days.
Families eligible for Homelessness Diversion services receive:
- regular case management support and service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training
- care coordination with school and community-based providers
- assistance with employment search and educational opportunities
To qualify for Homelessness Diversion, the following documentation is required:
- Documentation of first-time homelessness
- Commitment to a plan for self-sufficiency within the program term.
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.