PADS Shelter Update for March 16

Beginning at 7:30am on Tuesday, Housing Forward will centralize PADS Shelter services and Support Center services at one location at Oak Park Temple (thank you Rabbi Weiss!), 1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park.  This centralization will be in effect through March 30. The shelter will operate from two floors, the basement where the shelter normally operates and the second-floor social hall. Women and families will be in the lower level with separate bathrooms and kitchen. Men will be located upstairs with separate bathrooms and a kitchen. All scheduled PADS Shelter volunteer shifts and meal-preparation shifts are continuing as scheduled. Food volunteers are receiving a separate and specific food preparation email. HF’s Community Health Nurse will be based at this location for the next two weeks and will guide the health screening of all clients. Tonight's Monday night Medical Clinic, in partnership with Loyola University Medicine medical students, will be provided at First United Church. SUPPORT CENTER

The services normally provided at the Support Center will be provided at this location through the same time frame with the exception of showers and laundry. We are working to develop transportation to arrange for clients to access showers starting on March 18th. OAK PARK – WALK-IN CENTER, 6634 W. Roosevelt Road, 2nd floor, remains open for at-risk households in need of emergency financial assistance, per regular office hours. SUPPORTIVE HOUSING and SOJOURNER HOUSE -  staff assigned to checking-in with clients by telephone regularly. Clients who report that they are sick will be encouraged to call their primary healthcare provider.  We are working with our local governments and public health bodies to expand local resources that will allow the most effective response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness and at risk of homelessness. We will keep you updated on our progress.  How You Can Help: The incredible response of the community, reaching out and asking us how they can help, has been a rare bright spot this past week.  Thank you!  We currently have pressing needs in the following areas: Supplies We need to following things for our shelter and housed clients:

Medical Gloves Disposable Cleaning Gloves Women’s and Men’s Underwear, assorted sizes Isopropyl Alcohol Bleach Facial Tissues Paper Towels Disposable Thermometers Toilet Paper Grab & go meals and snacks such as pre-packaged sandwiches, granola bars, fruit and bottled water. Please check with us before donating sandwiches!  If you are dropping off an in-kind donation, please heed the current recommendations for social distancing. We are happy to meet you at your car to receive your donation at 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood. Please call 708.338.1724, option 0, to arrange this with Sandra Stillo, our Office Manager. Volunteers Volunteers are very important to the smooth operation of our PADS Shelter sites and meal preparation. We still need our regular volunteers and may need additional volunteers and meal providers to ensure smooth operations. As the situation evolves there may be additional volunteer needs that we’re not currently aware of, so please stay tuned.  Please contact Enid Johnson at or 708.338.1724 (ext. 220) to learn about our volunteer needs. Funds This evolving situation has led to a growing number of unexpected costs for Housing Forward. We know that in the coming weeks, we will be purchasing additional food and shelter supplies, arranging additional transportation for clients, and arranging motel/SRO stays for our most vulnerable clients. As the situation continues, we anticipate there will be more unexpected costs and financial donations are very much appreciated. If you’d like to make a donation to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, click here. To stay current with our agency’s response to COVID-19, click here

Our partners at The Oak Park Homelessness Coalition are recruiting for the Coronavirus Crisis Response Team.

Help is needed in the following areas:

Food delivery Transportation to and from shelters Volunteer at day time shelters Volunteer at overnight shelters

If you can help, please sign up here: