Employment Program Specialist Informative Q & A

Employment Program Specialist Informative Q & A

Question: What is the overall purpose of the BEDS Employment Program? The objective is to assist our clients in obtaining, and retaining, a job so they can become financially stable and independent. Secondly, studies show that having a job makes a person happier, healthier, and more satisfied. The road to […]

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Illinois’ Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness Summarized

Illinois’ Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness Summarized

Illinois recently released Home Illinois: Illinois’ Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which outlines the state’s approach to homelessness for the next several years. The plan grew out of Illinois’ September 2021 Executive Order that recognized a “momentous opportunity…to execute a robust and sustainable solution to homelessness” and created an […]

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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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Homelessness Prevention Department at BEDS helps Andriena

Homelessness Prevention Department at BEDS helps Andriena

With a nonverbal autistic child at home and no family support, Andriena fell behind on rent and faced potential eviction. Her landlord suggested that she call BEDS Plus and apply for rental assistance. Stabilization Services Director, Joann Boblick, is seen on the video describing the process of spending time with […]

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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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Meet BEDS Manager of Intake Danielle Cox

Meet BEDS Manager of Intake Danielle Cox

BEDS Plus is lucky to have Manager of Intake Danielle Cox on staff. Danielle said her job at BEDS is a frontline point of entry for the agency. Once she receives a client’s contact information, she begins the shelter or diversion screening process. She interacts with potential clients by asking […]

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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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Meet Jennifer Tudor, BEDS Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing

Meet Jennifer Tudor, BEDS Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing

Meet Jennifer Tudor, BEDS Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing, who joined the staff in 2019. Jennifer oversees five Supportive Housing programs and one housed after-care program. Jennifer always knew she wanted to work in a “helping profession,” but wasn’t sure in what capacity. After she graduated from Drake University, she […]

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The connection between mental health and homelessness

The connection between mental health and homelessness

This May, BEDS observes Mental Health Awareness Month. Sponsored by Mental Health America since 1949, the month seeks to raise awareness of mental health and its treatment. This year’s theme is Back to Basics, which recognizes how the pandemic and its restrictions affected our collective mental health and shares information […]

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