Organization

Housing Forward

Focus Areas

  • Health & Nutrition
  • Veterans & Military Families

Contact Information

1851 S. 9th Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153


(708) 338-1724

The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.

About Housing Forward

By emphasizing prevention, supportive services, employment readiness and supportive housing, we are able to offer a comprehensive, long-term solution that moves clients into housing quickly and keeps them there. This housing-first approach to homelessness is more efficient, more fiscally responsible and less traumatic to clients who are typically facing extraordinary hardship. It is also beneficial to the communities being served who do not have to bear the costs of homelessness in the form of expanded social services, health care and public safety costs. Today, we serve the communities of west Cook County and the west side of Chicago, an area with a population larger than many mid-size cities.

Integration of our six program areas enable clients' transition from survival to self-sufficiency: Housing -- to provide stability and structure; Support -- for basic needs as well as medical, mental health and substance abuse issues; Employment -- to prepare for a successful, sustained re-entry into the workplace; Prevention -- before the crisis occurs; Shelter - temporary provision of food and a secure sleeping place; and Outreach & Engagement - connecting the most service-resistant homeless persons to resources and programming.

Housing Forward’s Impact

Since 1992, we have transformed the lives of more than 11,000 people by helping them meet their immediate housing and crisis needs, addressing their health and income needs and transitioning them back to housing stability. Today, we’re having long-term impact on the communities of west Cook County by 1.) preventing the loss of housing before it occurs, 2.) alleviating the need for long-term shelter, 3.) moving people into sustainable permanent housing solutions and 4.) improving housing retention.

  • Year Founded 1992
  • Legal Form 501c3