The Chicago Community Trust partners with nonprofit organizations, donors, and Chicago area residents with one goal in mind: creating lasting community change. The foundation makes its impact through strategic grant making, civic engagement, and inspiring others to give.

In 2018, The Chicago Community Trust continued its longtime partnership with Catholic Charities in support of our Homelessness Prevention Call Center. The Homelessness Prevention Call Center offers financial assistance to people who are at risk of being evicted or have their heat or lights turned off due to a recent crisis. The HPCC is housed and operated at Catholic Charities in collaboration with local agencies.

“The Chicago Community Trust supports services and systems that address the root causes of homelessness,” said Anna Lee, Program Officer at The Chicago Community Trust. “Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention Call Center offers essential services at times of crisis preventing the experience of homelessness for Chicago residents.  This program is an important component to the continuum of services in removing barriers for residents’ safety and stability.”

The call center specialists screen callers experiencing a short-term, one-time crisis and determine if fund resources are available for them. In 2017, 2,390 clients accessed financial assistance to maintain or obtain housing, pay utilities, purchase food, access transportation, and stabilize immediate crisis situations through Catholic Charities.

A groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Science and conducted by the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame found that when homeless prevention funds are available, an individual’s chance of becoming homeless within 6 months is reduced by 76 percent. Callers with especially low incomes (below $750 per month) who call the center when funds are available are 88% less likely to enter a shelter.

 

We’d also like to thank our other recent Foundation partners…

Gorter Family Foundation

Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Lake County Youth Mentoring, and Lake County Housing

Edward and Wanda Jordan Family Foundation

Lake County Housing and North-Northwest Regional Food Pantry and Supper Program

MAC AIDS Fund

HIV Care Cupboard

Helen Brach Foundation

Maternity and Adoption Program and Catholic Charities Legal Assistance