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Listing: Housing and Food Assistance

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Reviewed Date

Nov 15, 2023

For shelter: call 311 to find a place to sleep tonight.


Access Living
Located in Chicago, Access Living has a long history of doing what it takes to make sure people with disabilities can live the lives they choose. Their diverse staff and board are made up of mostly people who have disabilities because they believe that people with disabilities are their own best advocates. They champion the mantra “nothing about us without us” and use it as a guiding principle in our work each and every day.
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

All Chicago
All Chicago’s mission is to unite our community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of home. All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness by providing critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness or other crises, as well as convening key stakeholders and drive collaboration to lead Chicago’s citywide response to ending homelessness through their Continuum of Care.

A Safe Haven-Chicago Transitional Housing
A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

The Boulevard 
The Boulevard of Chicago provides high quality, cost-effective medical respite care, holistic support and housing services to help ill and injured homeless adults break the cycle of homelessness, restore their health and rebuild their lives
3456 W. Franklin Blvd. Chicago, IL 60624

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
An advocacy group to prevent and aid people who are without shelter.
If you are experiencing homelessness and need shelter, call 3-1-1 to be referred to a shelter. 
70 East Lake Street | Suite 720
Chicago, Illinois 60601
1 (800) 940-1119

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Program Guide 
The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) connects Chicago residents and Families to resources that build stability, support their well-being, and empower them to thrive. The department provides direct assistance and administers resources to more than 300,000 Chicagoans each year via our citywide network of more than 300 community-based delegate agencies.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Since 1979, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has proudly provided food for our neighbors in need across Chicago and Cook County. Over the years, we have expanded and evolved our programs and services to meet the changing needs of those we serve.

Cornerstone Community Outreach
Cornerstone provides individual, family shelter and services and outreach to seniors.
4628 North Clifton
Chicago, IL 60640
773-271-8163 ext 0

Alliance - Emergency Shelter for Suburban Cook County
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County provides a list of shelters in available areas.
4415 Harrison Street, Suite 228, Hillside, IL 60162

Housing Resource Guide - Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Housing Resources Housing Information Services Guide
MOPD’s Housing resource guide links people with disabilities to affordable and accessible housing units and information on housing programs and resources. We advocate for accessible housing for people with disabilities in the city of Chicago.

Illinois Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Provides a listing of the Illinois Emergency Rental Assistance programs that are currently open

JOURNEYS | The Road Home
Providing shelter, services & housing to those who are homeless or​ at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County.

PADS Shelter Program
The PADS Shelter Program is created in partnership with area faith communities to provide overnight shelter to those in need. The PADS shelter season runs from October 1st to April 30th each year.  An active faith community will open its doors to pre-qualified JOURNEYS clients to provide a safe place to sleep, a warm dinner, and breakfast. Clients are allowed on site between 7:00PM and 7:00AM on the night the church serves as a shelter site.
847-963-9163 x127

Emergency Food Assistance in Chicago

Catholic Charities and Food banks
721 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 655-7700

Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Banks
Search their map online to find one of the 131 resources near you with times for food pick up.


Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)
Provides emergency shelter, and housing and food for people. Overnight shelters - a place to sleep for less than 12 hours and meals and supportive services are available.  Transitional housing-shelter for up to 2 years with food and supportive services. Voucher shelter - provided by hotels and motels through a voucher program when shelters are full or not available.
1-800-843-6154 Help Line

Lincoln Park Community Services (LPCS)
Empowers individuals to secure stable housing and changes to maintain stable housing.
1521 North Sedgwick
Chicago, IL 60614

Northside Housing & Community Services
Contact your local Department of Family and Supportive Serivces or call 311 to become a resident. This organization provides reosurces to people who are experiencing issues related to not having housing.
941 West Lawrence
Chicago, IL

Salvation Army-Metro Division
The Salvation Army's mission is to fight homelessness and end hunger by providing shelter and food to individuals and families in need. To locate the one nearest you, please call the divisional headquarters or
5040 North Pulaski
Chicago, Il 60630 773-725-1100

Beyond Hunger - Food Pantry
848 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
Food Distribution hours:
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1st Wednesday of the month: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
All other Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CBS Anti Hunger Foundation
1937 S. 50th Ave, Cicero, IL
Clients may use the Food Pantry every other week for a period of six months, or 13 times per year.Clients must be a resident of Cicero, Berwyn, Stickney, or Forest View

Irving Park Community Food Pantry
3801 N. Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL
Covers zipcodes: 60641 and 60618
HOURS: Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m.
second Tuesday of every month 6 p.m. to 7 p.m

Resources Specific to COVID-19 for People in need of Shelter
For shelter: call 311 to find a place to sleep.
As part of the City of Chicago’s ongoing efforts to coordinate resources for vulnerable residents in response to COVID-19, the City is partnering with social services organizations to build an emergency shelter network in efforts to ensure social-distancing, access to food and safe accommodations for residents experiencing homeless. The YMCA of Metro Chicago and the Salvation Army are providing additional beds. This emergency response effort complements the City’s existing network of shelters and expands citywide shelter bed capacity to nearly 3,000. 
Request for shelter by calling City Services at 311. Shelter beds are available for families, youth and single individuals.

A Safe Haven
Sheltering people who are positive COVID-19, have not other place to go, and not in need of hospitalization. Limited beds in several hotels around the city. 
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

IGH - Institute of Global Homelessness - Chicago COVID Resources
contact page:

Free Flu shots through the City of Chicago - Public Health Dept.
333 S. State Street
Room 200
Chicago, IL 60604 (For 24-hour assistance or to report a public health issue, call 311.)

Free and Income Based Medical Clinics for Anyone 
There are 110 free clinics in the Chicago area, consult their current list on the website.

Chicago Health Care Clinics for People Without Permanent Address
These are Federally Qualified Health Care Clinics that are funded by the federal government. FQHCs are community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary care and preventive care, including health, oral, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.

  • Streetwise   773-275-2060 1201 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60607-1601


Chicago Public Library - Social Services - Community Resources
a resource of links and apps that assist a person to find help with all living concerns. 
The CPL has partnered with Amita Health to provide social workers within several branches to identify and aid those in need.

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