The single best way to help Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless is to connect them with VA.
Each VA medical center has a homeless coordinator on staff and specific programs that provide Veterans the support they need to establish or maintain safe, stable housing. VA has also established the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (877-4AID-VET, or 877-424-3838), a toll-free hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained responders—many of them Veterans themselves—are available to provide support to Veterans and their loved ones who lack safe, secure housing. These services are also available on an online chat at va.gov/homeless.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), for Veterans press 1.
A Safe Haven
A Safe Haven gives people the tools to transform and sustain their lives 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, scalable model. A Safe Haven's list of services include; transitional, supportive, and affordable housing units; behavioral health services, education, job training and placement services and military Veteran specific services.
Back on My Feet Chicago
Back on My Feet (BoMF) uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real changes in their lives that will result in employment and independent living. The BoMF staff works to build a road map toward self-sufficiency using financial literacy and skill-building classes with for-profit and nonprofit partners. After training, Members have access to interview and employment opportunities with partners including Marriott and White Lodging. Members are also offered financial assistance to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency such as a security deposit for more permanent housing.
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
The Alliance's vision for the future is that all individuals and families facing homelessness in Chicago will have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the resources and support needed to sustain their housing.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
A non-profit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. Our organization leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois. In addition, CCH presses for access to jobs, training, and public schools. Our community organizers, policy specialists, and public interest attorneys advocate with people hurt by homelessness, including mothers with children, unaccompanied youth, ex-offenders, prostitution survivors, and low-wage workers.
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a non-profit organization, was created in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents of the United States and the rest of the world through social, educational and economic development programs that include: development & preservation of decent & affordable housing for the poor, job training & creation, educational & social programs, and feeding & sheltering the homeless.
La Casa Norte
La Casa Norte provides scattered site permanent supportive housing for homeless youth and families. Clients live in private apartments located throughout the city. We offer many support services to accompany their needs. This includes life skills training, therapy, community building and the basic needs of food, clothing, and transportation.
Matthew House Chicago
Matthew House assists Veterans transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and prevents at-risk Veterans from becoming homeless. Services include: supportive housing and housing counseling, employment training, transportation, peer-to-peer counseling and mentoring, personal financial planning, fiduciary and payee training (?), and preventative health care.
National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by Veterans.
The Salvation Army of Chicago
Strengthening communities is a hallmark of The Salvation Army and is accomplished by being a part of the communities they serve. Each community center offers a wide range of programs reaching people of all ages — from children to seniors. The centers provide leadership, guidance, encouragement, resources and programs that empower members to unite and work together to help resolve old problems and create new opportunities that lead to a safer, more prosperous future.
773.728.1991, ext. 301
Sarah's Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing housing assistance, case management, referral services, and life necessities, this organization encourages women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically in order to realize their unique potential.
St. Leo Campus for Veterans- Catholic Charities
The St. Leo Campus, located in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood, is another monumental step in Catholic Charities' dream to keep Veterans safe, off the streets, and treated with dignity. The St. Leo Campus is comprised of Catholic Charities' St. Leo Residence, the Auburn Gresham Community Based Outpatient Clinic, the St. Leo Veterans Garden, and the Pope John II Residence, which provides apartment housing for persons who have physical disabilities.
Streetwise Chicago assists Chicago area men and women who are facing homelessness achieve personal stability by providing a combination of supportive social services and immediate access to gainful employment.
The mission of Veterans View is to promote articles, news and information pertaining to Veterans issues and topics. This group serves as a one-stop source to quickly obtain the latest news and happenings from a variety of Veteran groups, such as the Veterans Administration (VA), American legion (Legion), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and an array of other highly respected military and veteran groups.
Veteran of Foreign Wars Service Office
The VFW Department Service Office is co-located with the VA Regional Office in Chicago. The VFW Service Office staff is prepared to assist Veterans with the preparation of claims for VA benefits. The VFW Service Office works together with field offices of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Assistance Commissions throughout the State and VFW Post Service Officers to provide assistance and advice to Veterans and their families.
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America provides services to more than 250 Veterans each year through a comprehensive program specifically designed to move Veterans from homelessness to long-term stability and self-sufficiency. The program meets Veterans wherever they are in the healing process and provides the long-term, hands-on support they need to lift themselves up and reach their full potential.