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La Casa Norte’s Response to COVID-19

We Continue to Serve Youth and Families

Experiencing Homelessness

La Casa Norte’s COVID-19 response since March 15, 2020:

  • We have served over 10,515 individuals throughout Cook, DuPage, Kendall and Kane Counties through our Fresh Market food pantry, emergency shelter, information and referral services, and other housing programs
  • Our Nutrition Center has provided groceries and meals to over 10,105 individuals and is open an additional third day each week to account for an in flux in need
  • We continue to provide outreach, guidance, advocacy and/or cash assistance to over 500 heads of household and their families, in addition to our case managers and housing advocates delivering groceries, diapers, along with other household essentials and continue to help individuals move into permanent housing to help those most in need to shelter in place
  • We continue to operate our overnight emergency youth shelters at a reduced capacity at our sites in Logan Square and Back of the Yards as well as Drop-In Center in Humboldt Park during the day.
  • We continue to conduct Census 2020 outreach, and the Howard Brown Health Center at La Casa Norte continues to operate in Humboldt Park

COVID-19 Cont.

Safety Precautions

While we are not shutting down, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure everyone’s safety through modifications of our service delivery model. Including taking the following safety precautions:

  • Following general public health hygiene guidance
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all of our facilities
  • Limiting face-to-face interactions and moving to virtual meetings, when feasible
  • Minimizing foot traffic throughout all of our buildings
  • Postponement of all volunteer activities and events, excluding our Nutrition Center
  • Ceasing rentals of our Conference Center until further notice
  • Discountinuing all non-essential staff meetings and travel
  • Establishing a Crisis Management Team [CMT] that has been and will continue to closely monitor the latest development of COVID-19, following guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health [CDPH] and the Centers for Disease Control [CDC]


Us and our community partners have compiled lists of resources for Chicagoans that we highly recommend.

How You Can Help

Access to food and shelters have become limited as many food pantries, grocery stores, restaurants, and all non-essential businesses have closed or shortened their hours. Chicago Public Schools have also closed, leaving the more than 16,000 students who are experiencing homelessness with extremely limited options for meals and shelter.

During this unprecedented time, La Casa Norte remains open and has expanded our services to meet the needs of our community. Your support helps us to provide HOPE to those who need it most.

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The CARES Act & Charitable Giving

Passed on March 27th 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supports non-profit organizations by creating incentives for donors, like you, to give back.

Previously, you had to itemize your tax return to receive a deduction for your donation. Now, you do not have to itemize your tax return and can receive up to $300 in deductions for donating to a non-profit, like La Casa Norte. Married couples can receive up to $600 in deductions. This is an “Above the line” adjustment. Donations since January 1st can go toward this $300 cap.

For individuals that do itemize their tax return, previously you could only deduct up to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Now, you can deduct up to 100% of your AGI.

Corporations only used to be able to deduct 10% of their AGI, but they can now deduct up to 25%.

The CARES Act applies to cash donations only, not in-kind.





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La Casa Norte - 3533 W. North Avenue / Chicago, IL 60647 / Telephone - (773) 276 4900 / Fax - (773) 342 4253