If you are at risk of losing your housing due to circumstances beyond your control,
- For rental assistance, how to apply to ERA/Para asistencia de renta, como solicitar por ERA: ERA Flyer
- 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 or click here for a list of Workforce Centers in Chicago:
For general information and to access our supportive services, please call (773) 276-4900 on Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 7 PM.
To contact the Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program for male identified youth experiencing homelessness, aged 18-21 years old, please call (773) 276-4900, extension #226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program 773-276-4900, extension #205 or email@example.com
To contact the Casa Corazon Program for more information on our youth shelters and drop-in centers, please call (773) 276-4900, extension #246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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