The best way to end homelessness is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Through six Community Services Centers and its emergency response operation, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (FSS) conducts intensive case management. Every day we help people in crisis regain stability and retain their housing. We help them find employment, access public assistance programs, enroll in substance abuse programs and secure health and mental health care. FSS provides counseling and referrals for survivors of domestic violence. We can connect clients with resources to help mediate disputes with landlords and advocate on legal matters.
Many Chicagoans in low-income jobs live paycheck to paycheck. One financial setback, like an illness or loss of job, can put them at risk of homelessness. Sometimes, a single month’s rent or security deposit is all a person needs to carry them through the crisis and regain stability in their lives.
There are rental assistance programs available for Chicagoans who qualify. For information on eligibility and enrollment, contact a FSS Community Services Center.
One Month’s Rental Assistance
A single month’s rent is available for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. Clients who are income eligible can only benefit from the program one time.
The Emergency Fund
The Emergency Fund provides rental and utility assistance to those on the brink of homelessness. Funds are meant to keep people from losing their home or apartment.