Updated March 27, 2020
If you need help, call (708) 354-0858
Last year, we reached 1,192 people experiencing homelessness or imminent risk of homelessness. They included veterans; domestic violence survivors; and people with chronic health conditions, behavioral health conditions, and/or disabilities. The ongoing pandemic puts our clients at increased risk and will lead to more people experiencing homeless from reduced work hours and layoffs.
We are working diligently to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, and communities. As you’ll see below, we are closely following Centers for Disease Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Illinois Department of Public Health homeless service agency recommendations.
Currently, we are working with people in need on a case-by-case basis to find the best solutions. While our own resources are limited, we are working with partners across the region on a coordinated response to homelessness in the Cook County Suburbs. We will keep you informed of developments.
Daytime Support Centers
- Our Ogden Avenue and Worth Daytime Support Centers are closed; however, the Ogden Avenue Front Desk and our professional staff remain available 24/7 at (708) 354-0858.
- Pillars Community Health provides a COVID-19 Coping Help Line at (708) 995-3898.
- We have placed vulnerable shelter clients in temporary housing and asked shelter volunteers to remain home.
- We have diverted other shelter clients into arrangements with family and friends and provided assistance for food, transportation, and rent.
- We now only operate one shelter at an undisclosed location with about 30 clients to allow social distancing.
Homelessness Prevention and Supportive Housing
- Our case managers regularly visit housed clients with essential information, food, medication, and other supplies. We immediately refer anyone with a fever, cough, or other symptoms to medical care.
SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS
Temporary housing and other costs from the coronavirus pandemic have strained our resources. Our response will cost more than $100,000. While our frontline staff and remaining volunteers risk their health to continue operations, you can help the vulnerable individuals and families they serve.
- CLICK HERE to donate to our COVID-19 response efforts
$25: one hour of shelter; $75: overnight housing; $125: shelter meal; $500: shelter night
- CLICK HERE to directly provide shelf-stable meals and other essentials
Please note we are not taking on additional volunteers at this time, but we hope to see you after the pandemic has resolved.
While Congress is working on an emergency supplemental spending bill to aid communities in their COVID-19 response, proposed funding does not include money for homeless services. People experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable by definition and include high-risk populations. Your state and county representatives are shaping Illinois’ response to COVID-19. We urge you to contact them to ensure they consider people experiencing homelessness and those who serve them. We have included a letter that you can use. You can find contact information for Illinois lawmakers here and Cook County Commissioners here.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. BEDS will keep our clients, staff, volunteers and communities in which we operate updated as information and needs change.
We need your support!
Monetary donations can be made here. We need flexible funds to respond to needs that change almost daily.
Contributions of goods can be made through our Amazon Wish List. We need microwavable, packaged meals, cereal, and powdered milk for shelter clients who are staying in motels.
BEDS cannot accept drop-off food donations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 354-0858 before donating food.
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.