Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.
CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.
The CEDA Regional Community Service Center in Evanston offers Family Support and Community Engagement (FSACE) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.
A not-for-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and their families develop the "skills and opportunities to realize full lives."
Maintains Evanston Township High School's Transition House which helps students who have credits to graduate acquire life-skills.
In order to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents, the City Council establishes a Housing and Homelessness Commission ("Commission") to provide for the planning, expansion, maintenance, conservation and rehabilitation of Evanston's housing stock. The Commission shall also work to maintain and expand affordable housing for Evanston's low, moderate, and middle income residents. The Commission will be responsive to needs for change in housing related matters to maintain a diverse residential environment throughout the community and to combat homelessness. The Commission will provide recommendations on funding and policies to carry out City Council priorities related to housing and homelessness. (Ord. No. 94-O-17 , § 2, 12-11-2017)
# OF MEMBERS: Nine (9) members.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Commission consists of nine (9) members who serve without compensation and are residents of the City of Evanston. In appointing new members to the Commission, the Mayor will consider knowledge, familiarity, and/or experience with local housing issues, homelessness and affordable housing issues, different housing populations in Evanston including seniors, the different types of housing stock in Evanston, renter and homeowner housing issues, and housing development and financing for public and private sectors. At least one (1) member of the Commission must be an alderman. All members must be residents of the City of Evanston.
TERM: 3 years, may serve a second term.
MEETING DATE: First Thursday of every month, at 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 2402
REPORTS TO: Planning and Development Committee
400 Central Avenue, #111, Highland Park, IL 60035
This non-profit organization develops and provides affordable housing in Evanston, both rental and ownership, to people who are income eligible . If you are interested in applying for affordable housing in Evanston, please contact our office at 847-263-7478. There is a lot of information on our website-- http://www.cpahousing.org -- including pictures of available properties.
To submit a pre-application for affordable rentals, click here: http://cpahousing.org/cpah-rental-pre-application/
Connections for the Homeless serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.
Prevention: Short-term financial assistance for individuals and families at-risk of losing their home.
Community & Shelter: Overnight shelter for male-identifying adults and access to comprehensive services. Site-based outreach services for people who are homeless to access basic necessities including showers, laundry, storage, food, clothing, and an on-site health clinic.
Housing: Transitional housing for youth and families experiencing housing insecurity. Permanent housing and rapid rehousing for individuals and families who are homeless. All participants have access to comprehensive services.
The CSH-Illinois office works with public and private partners throughout the state to increase the availability of supportive housing for persons who are homeless. Since 1992, CSH Illinois has committed more than $21.6 million in grants, loans and consultant services to 158 projects that developed 8,624 units of supportive housing.
Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities in the areas of discrimination, assistive technology, special education, guardianship defense, abuse and neglect, and community integration. Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members on topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment, transportation, voting, Ticket to Work, special education and guardianship.
To report abuse, neglect or exploitation to authorities, click here.
Faith-based not-for-profit which develops affordable housing for low and moderate income Evanston residents. Works to obtain subsidies for down payment and mortgage assistance; advocates for affordable housing. Actively supports City of Evanston's sustainable housing program. Live evanston. rentals and home buyers. Also referrals to other local organizations.
Small organization which helps with affordable housing.
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides services for homeless families in transition, helping them get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. The program serves 3-4 families for approximately 90 days or less. Families are provided with meals, hygiene supplies, and other necessities to help them get back on their feet. Volunteers provide and share a family style meal, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight with families. The Family Promise Day Center is based in Evanston with partner congregations throughout the north shore suburbs.
Greenwood Care,licensed by the State of Illinois and approved for Medicaid, Medicaid Pending and many private insurances, is an Intermediate Care Facility with 145 beds for the chronically mentally ill. Treats patients with a variety of mental illnesses in downtown, residential housing setting.
Builds and rehabs homes in the neighborhoods of Evanston and Chicagoland; seeks to educate about the value of decent and affordable housing.
The Harbour is a community based agency providing essential services to homeless, runaway, locked out and neglected adolescent girls ages 12-21 primarily in the north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Cook County. Also offers a transitional living program for girls aged 16-21, providing housing for up to a year.
Provides services for the homeless at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, including employment counseling, spiritual guidance, nutritious snacks, medical, mental health and educational referrals. Facilities may be used for grooming.
Mon-Fri 7-11 a.m.
HOW employs a holistic approach to combating homelessness in Chicago. The agency has a number of Programs and Services to ensure program participants achieve housing stability and economic independence.
HODC is committed to expanding housing opportunities in Chicago's northern suburbs. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, HODC develops and manages affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households. HODC also offers first-time homebuyer counseling and educational presentations on affordable housing issues.
Helps people with disabilities locate products and services to help with daily living activities; tuition assistance for qualified applicants to attend community college to obtain an an associate’s degree or a technical certificate. Home ownership support for eligible homebuyers.
DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
Find a list of all Chicago-area rehabilitation offices here.
Impact provides comprehensive housing, clinical, and employment services for low-income adults living with mental illness. Services are long-term, individualized, and include: permanent supportive housing; individual therapy and counseling; psychiatric and nursing services; one-on-one employment support.
An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.
Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.
The mission of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is to advocate for affordable housing solutions by partnering with organizations that support people in need in North Suburban Cook County.
- We engage human services agencies and other organizations that serve people in need to mobilize their constituents to take action.
- We build on research and advocacy efforts that already exist—helping to expand their reach and their impact through our membership.
- We provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn about affordable housing and participate in advocacy at multiple levels.
- We seek to build awareness and support for affordable housing to pave the way for change.
Provides shelter and services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Hope Day Center is a day resource center which offers a wide range of free services.
PADS Shelter Program provides hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays).
Pathways Housing Readiness Program prepares people to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement and follow-up services.
Free legal aid for low income people in Cook County. Legal Aid Chicago offers a range of legal services in five main areas of law:
Family and Safety
House & Apartment
Money & Debt
Work & Employment Rights
Health, Disability & Basic Needs
LEGAL AID CHICAGO CLINICS
Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free community-based legal clinics throughout the city of Chicago. Learn more about our upcoming walk-in clinics by calling 312-423-5938.
LEGAL AID CHICAGO COURT-BASED HELP DESKS
Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free help desks inside the federal and municipal courthouses. Learn more about our help desks here.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
MOSAIC (Members Of Society Acting In Cooperation) is a 13-member housing cooperative in Evanston, IL consisting largely of students, though non-students are also welcome. Through cooperative action, MOSAIC seeks to develop a diverse, inclusive community which inspires and empowers creative, conscious, sustainable living.
Private non-profit organization in Chicago which provides residential support services for adults with developmental disabilities so that they may successfully live independently in their communities. Neighborhood Services provides 24-hour support for most of the individuals served, and intermittent support for those who live in their own homes.
Currently, Neighborhood Services assists individuals in northern and near west Cook County and Waukegan.
Not-for-profit organization providing recovery programs , supportive housing , supported employment and a holistic health and wellness program for people disabled by chronic mental illnesse in north and northwest metropolitan Chicago. Persons served are "members" who participate fully in their recovery.
The Night Ministry operates in Chicago's neighborhoods, providing basic self-care supplies, free, immediate healthcare to homeless youth and adults, emergency and transitional housing and supportive services for youth, referrals to other agencies, and a continuum of outreach services.
Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. Quality housing is a human right; fair housing is the law.
To further our goal of promoting housing justice, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices, including landlord-tenant dispute resolution, foreclosure prevention counseling, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.
Serving: Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Glenview, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Niles, Golf and Lincolnwood.
•Fair Housing Enforcement and Education
•Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Prevention
•Landlord/Tenant Complaint Investigation
Hours of Operations: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Open Communities fights discrimination through Fair Housing education and advocacy; counsels local homeowners in Foreclosure Prevention; and works to create better living environments through its Landlord and Tenant Advice Program.
Open Communities trains and sends volunteers into the field to pose as home-seekers - renters or buyers. Volunteers submit factual reports of their experience to help determine if a pattern of discrimination exists. Individuals from all ethnic and racial groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about becoming a Civil Right Investigator: 847-501-5760.
Orchard Village is a nonprofit organization that partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities with a community integrated approach.
In Evanston maintains the Hill Arboretum Apartments for individuals with physical disabilities. In the Chicago area, maintains seven affordable barrier free apartment communities for the physically disabled. The Business Resource Center is open to residents who wish to become employable and paid positions are offered through the Workforce Development Program.
Rebuilding Together's mission is to rehabilitate and repair the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income people. Volunteers provide necessary repairs free of charge which may include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements. National Rebuilding Day usually falls on the last Saturday of April.
The Rice Child + Family Center provides residential care and treatment for children, ages 8-15, diagnosed with severe emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. The center's goal is to return these children to a loving family. Therapy is conducted in individual and group settings, and includes social skills training, counseling, and psychiatric intervention.
All of the services provided by the Rice Child + Family Center are administered in-house to about 50 children. The facility includes a medical clinic, group therapy classrooms, special education facilities and an art therapy area.
Rimland is the oldest agency in the State of Illinois serving the functional, vocational, and residential needs of individuals, 18 and over, with autism. Since its beginnings in 1970, Rimland has continued to pioneer Residential Living Programs , Health and Wellness Programs and a Developmental Training Center. that support adults with autism as they achieve their full potential, and actively participate in the communities of their choice. Rimland currently operates 18 group residences in the Chicago area, including one in Evanston.
Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.
Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only
Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.
Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups
Sarah’s Circle provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness.
Program Services Phone: 773.728.1991 (Services, volunteer opportunities, in-kind donations)
Interim Housing Program: 773.751.7475 (questions regarding bed availability, etc.)
Administrative Phone: 773.728.1014 (Donations, all other inquiries)
Provides educational, residential, vocational and a range of support services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in north Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Two residential adult homes are Shore Homes East-Buehler House, located in Evanston, an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD) and Shore Homes West, located in Skokie, a Community Living Facility (CLF). Several Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) and Supported Living Arrangements (SLA) sites are located in Evanston and Skokie.
Through the Illinois Department on Aging, the state long term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long term care facilities (nursing homes). This is done through regional ombudsmen who have a hands–on working relationship with the residents and staff of the facilities within their program areas.
For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact...
the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine;
a Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program;
a Regional Home and Community Ombudsman Program.
For more information on the Pioneer Approach to Long Term Care and the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman program, see also:
Publications related to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The ARK provides free comprehensive care and support to Chicagoland Jews facing adversity. Dignified, quality wrap-around services help clients return to self-reliance.
Hours: Mon. and Weds., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-2
The Medical Clinic of the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Health Center is open five days per week, including two evenings. Medical treatment is provided by volunteer physicians and The ARK’s professional medical staff. Patients make appointments to see internists, as well as cardiologists, gynecologists and other specialists. X-rays and other tests and procedures are performed at area hospitals at no charge to clients, through special arrangements. In addition to a food pantry and meal service, The ARK offers free optical, pharmacy, financial and employment counseling, social services, mental health day-programming and interim housing.
TPAN provides healthcare and empowers people affected by HIV and health disparities. Our programs and services include peer-led programming, youth services, mental health and group therapy and counseling, education, patient/client advocacy, and services for older adults. We provide care to a broad community of people affected by HIV and health challenges, including LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and vulnerable individuals from across the Chicago metropolitan area.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Trilogy offers case management, psycho-social rehabilitation, crisis intervention and psychiatric services, vocational evaluation, rehabilitation and job placement. Our services are designed to maximize individuals' independence, self-sufficiency, and quality of life, by helping people identify their own strengths, talents and interests and to develop their own wellness recovery plans.
24/7 EMERGENCY NUMBER : 1-800-322-8400
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
1400 W. Greenleaf
Chicago, IL 60626
The social worker on call at the Evanston Public Library can also help to determine people’s eligibility for services, link them to appropriate resources, and conduct intakes to enroll people into Trilogy services.
100 studio and one-bedroom apartments for low-income elderly or disabled tenants, subsidized by Housing Authority of Cook County.
Housing Authority of Cook County
175 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604 | Map
This comprehensive domestic violence program provides crisis intervention, emergency assistance and shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, community-based services, violence prevention and outreach and education. All services are offered free of charge.
Toll Free Crisis and Referral Line: 877-718-1868; Crisis and Referral Line: 847-864-8780
Mary Lou's Place 32-bed residential shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The only criteria for admission is that the individual or family is fleeing from a dangerous situation. They can stay for up to 90 days; transitional housing services are then available.
For donations of hygiene, household items, non-perishable foods, and diapers, contact 847-864-8445.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues. Areas of assistance include:
- Education Equity
- Equitable Community Development and Housing
- Legal Help for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
- Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing has contracted with the City of Evanston, and will provide free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago and Evanston has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.
We are tenants' rights advocates educating, organizing, and empowering tenants to exercise their human right to affordable and safe housing.
Renters’ Rights Hotline: 773-292-4988 (open M-F, 1:00-5:00pm).