By the Numbers
Notable Achievements from Fiscal Year 2021
BEDS Plus remains at the forefront of Southwest Suburban Cook County’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Last year, we provided unprecedented levels of service to people experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness, including:
Reaching more than 2,800 people, a 67% increase from the year before.
Facilitating $1,000,000 in direct Homelessness Prevention and Diversion and government emergency rental assistance to keep vulnerable households in housing.
Safely sheltering 391 people in area motels and engaging 229 people through Street Outreach.
Maintaining 97 people with histories of chronic homelessness in fixed and scattered-site Permanent Supportive Housing.
Seeing 90% of our clients leave our programs with stable housing.
Additionally, The Linda Sokol Francis Summit Service Center will open in early Summer 2022. The Cook County Department of Economic Development and capital campaign donors fully funded the Center, which will provide medical respite care to people experiencing homelessness with serious medical conditions.
Recent Success Story
Since getting house about a year ago, Montario has been making strides and thriving at his job.
Montario sought help from BEDS at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic after he lost his apartment and the restaurant he had been working at closed down. He initially stayed in our consolidated shelter and then moved to temporary shelter in an area motel but the commute to his job was two hours each way.
He was later housed through our Rapid Rehousing program in an apartment that is close enough to walk or bike to work.
“The staff at BEDS is great,” he said. “Great is an understatement. Awesome, especially [Rapid Rehousing Case Manager] Beth [Kulpinski]. She goes out of her way for people.”
Montario loves having his own place and being able to cook. He also is able to have his kids over for visits at his apartment. He truly enjoys working at Nova Lines, where he has been named both employee of the month and employee of the quarter.
“BEDS Plus was a blessing,” he said.
BEDS Plus Care is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Our tax identification number is 36-3741040.