Homelessness affects diverse populations of people. There is no single face, nor any particular circumstance that influences the youth, families, and individuals we work with. Our clients come from all walks of life and include multi-generational families, single parents, survivors of domestic violence and abandoned youth. Throughout the first 10 years, La Casa Norte has supported more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals in more than 43 zip codes throughout the Chicago-land area.
Our work is contingent upon the unique circumstances of each of our clients. Initially, we aim to meet their basic needs-providing a bed, something to eat, and the tools necessary to become stable in their housing situations. In turn, we have found that this allows our clients to identify their long-term goals and work towards becoming self-sufficient.
Many of our youth and families need resources to accompany their transition from homelessness into housing with the goal of creating long-term stability. In addition to our services of life skills training, case management and therapy, we also provide the basic needs of food, clothing and transportation.
We have an extensive network of collaborative human service organizations throughout the city, that we refer our clients to for services such as mental health, substance use treatment, medical healthcare, day care, legal and employment training.
Our food initiative, the Northwest Food Partners Network, is an alliance of organizations dedicated to building food security in and around our communities.
We offer homeless youth and families free bilingual and culturally sensitive case management, housing advocacy, and homeless prevention services. In addition, we provide community access to a computer lab, a clothing closet, food donations, phone and fax along with counseling and life-goal planning.
Casa Corazon is a homeless youth engagement program that works with youth who are experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability in Chicago. Casa Corazon offers outreach services coupled with a drop-in center and case management resources, to help move youth from the streets and into stable housing, employment and educational achievement.