Hope House of Chicago is currently undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation. Converting our shelter for men and women into a full service shelter for families with children. Featuring 18 efficiency apartments for families up to 5 people, on site 24 hour childcare, connections to any and all necessary medical, job connection, education, lifeskills, case management, individual counseling, mental health and substance abuse treatment, a playground and working garden, building an onsite community to rebuild broken families and the challenges they face in rebuilding their lives and addressing the issues that made them homeless in the first place.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 1.8 million children. These children are hidden from our view, but they are living in shelters, cars, and campgrounds. They are young and scared, and their parents and families are frustrated and desperate.
Family homelessness is caused by the combined effects of lack of affordable housing, extreme poverty, decreasing government supports, changing demographics of the family, the challenges of raising children alone, domestic violence, and fractured social supports. As the gap between housing costs and income continues to widen and housing foreclosures increase, more and more families are at risk of homelessness. For extremely poor families and those with vulnerabilities or little safety net, even a seemingly minor event can trigger a catastrophic outcome and catapult a family onto the streets.
Families experiencing homelessness are under considerable stress. They move frequently and many are doubled-up in overcrowded apartments with relatives or friends. Others sleep in cars and campgrounds or send their children to stay with relatives to avoid shelter life. Once in shelter, families must quickly adjust to overcrowded, difficult, and uncomfortable circumstances. Despite the efforts of dedicated staff, many shelters are noisy, chaotic, and lack privacy. In almost all cases the husband is relegated Homelessness increases the likelihood that families will separate or dissolve, which may compound the stress the family feels.
Having no home means having no choices, every aspect of your life becomes harder; from something as simple as having clean clothing to wear and a place to bathe, food to eat and a safe place to lay your head at night. These are the things that we take for granted, these simple basic human needs we all have.
At our shelter, in North Lawndale, one of the most impoverished and troubled communities in all of Chicagoland, Cold weather and winter is upon us and the homeless face even tougher challenges to survive. Each year hundreds of homeless individuals die from exposure and many more become gravely ill due. Without donations we cannot meet the ever burgeoning demand for food and shelter during the Holiday season. As you give thanks this year for all you have, think of those that have no home, nothing. Spend a little less on present and give a gift that can actually SAVE LIVES! Think of how good you will feel knowing that you eased the terrible suffering of these poor people.
This is your opportunity to help make the world a better place. Look into your heart, enrich your own life by knowing that you did something good today. You can make a direct impact on the lives of these disenfranchised individuals that so desperately need your help.
Please make a difference today and join us in this fight.
Thank you for your kind consideration,"
Dr. Lincoln Scott-President/CEO
Hope House of Chicago