If you are at risk of losing your housing due to circumstances beyond your control,
- Please call the Homelessness Prevention Call Center on 311, and ask for Short-Term Help.
- Information & Referral Specialists will determine which funding sources are appropriate and available for your situation to provide rent, mortgage or utility assistance. Referrals are made directly to Chicago social service agencies.
In addition to the options listed above, youth may also call 1-800-RUNAWAY, if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has runaway and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home, or visit the 1-800-RUNAWAY website.
The 1-800-RUNAWAY 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.
1-800-RUNAWAY can also provide resources if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets.
If you are in need of food support, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository website, where you can search for pantry and produce support, or mobile soup kitchens in your area.
The Illinois Benefits Application website is an online system, which provides eligibility screening and registration for cash, medical and SNAP (formally Food Stamps) support.
We recommend reaching out to the Illinois Department of Employment and Security and also visiting these organizations that provide job training programs:
For general information and to access our supportive services, please call +1 (773) 276-4900 on Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 7 PM.
To access the Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program for male identified youth experiencing homelessness, aged 16-21 years old, please call +1 (773) 276-4900, extension #223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program for chronically homeless youth and families, please call +1 (773) 276-4900, extension #205 or email@example.com.