In 1985, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimated that 25,000 people would be homeless in Chicago. Concerned neighbors in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago got together to discuss a way to help homeless people in their community.
A partnership was formed with four neighboring churches: the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, St. Clement Catholic Church and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
On February 12, Lincoln Park Community Services opened its doors to a handful of people experincing homelessness.
1986 - Meal program - started by Jane Broughton
1989 - Summer meal program - begins
1991 - Shower and laundry program - is implemented
1996 - Barbara Beckman becomes 1st Executive Director
1997 - On Track program - is established to address the root causes of homelessnes
1999 - Year-round services begin!
2004 - $1.4 million capital campaign is launched for facility renovation
2006 - Renovation begins
2007 - New facility opens, servicing Interim Housing Community guests 24/7
2010 - 50% of guests find permanent housing
2011 - Permanent Supportive Housing Program begins
2013 - First Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units filled - all 15!
2015 - On February 12, LPCS celebrated - 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
2016 - 82% of guests secured employment
76% of On Track participants transitioned into permanent housing
Added 2 more PSH units to a total of 17
2017 - 100% of FY2017 graduates remained housed
100% of PSH residents maintained housing
50 guests residing in the Interim Housing Program moved into stable housing in 2017 - that's nearly 1 each week!
85% of graduates left employed
2018 - 97% of graduates remained housed after one year
30 guests residing in the Interim Housing Program moved into stable housing
Embarked on a $4 million capital campaign
Broke ground at our new site located at 1521 N. Sedgwick!
Volunteers completed 20,272 hours of service
March - Rodrigo Carrillo becomes 1st Latino Executive Director
June - LPCS and staff moved into brand new facility
July - the first three tenants leased to LPCS Permanent Supportive Housing are Graduates
September - Ribbon cutting event at our new facility
November - LPCS operates at full capacity serving 83 guests at two locations
Mission AND VISION
LPCS brings communities together to empower individuals facing homelessness and poverty to secure stable housing and make sustainable life changes.
We work on the basis of accountability. LPCS staff, Guests, volunteers, stakeholders, and donors are a micro-community with common interests and goals that hold each responsible to the other.
Together, we work within Lincoln Park Community Services and with the larger community to ensure our members receive the support, respect, and understanding they need to empower their lives.
- We will provide a holistic continuum of services that removes barriers and increases self-sufficiency.
- We will be a leader and innovator in creating solutions to homelessness in our community.
- We believe that every person in our community has a stake in and can contribute to ending homelessness.
LPCS is primarily privately funded, supported largely by community donations. Truly a community-based organization, LPCS has always been operated by the pool of more than 1,500 volunteers each year who serve our community in a variety of ways.
Homelessness in Chicago
In 2016, the City of Chicago released a report stating that on January 26th, 2016, 5,889 individuals are homeless in the limits of Chicago. 21% of these were not staying in shelters.
Homelessness effects individuals and families across all genders, ethnicities, and age. Not all are unemployed, they simply can’t afford Chicago’s rents. Many are veterans. Many are victims of domestic violence.
All need the support and love from the communities they live and work in.
That’s where we step in.
Facts Behind the Faces
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’s report provides national, state, and local statistics and data about affordable housing, family status of homeless households, living wage jobs, tax inequality, un- and under-employment, the poverty rate, and other exacerbating factors that feed into and exacerbate homelessness. Facts Behind the Faces
The City of Chicago’s point-in-time count and survey of Chicago’s homeless population in January 2017. City of Chicago Homeless Survey
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless FAQ page about current status of Chicago’s homeless population and on going effort to address the issue. FAQ