The first HIV/AIDS housing provider in the Midwest, Chicago House has evolved since our founding in 1985 to meet the changing needs of those we serve. While early on in our history we ran a hospice that allowed those dying of AIDS to close down their lives in dignity, we now own, manage, and run four housing facilities in Chicago that are designed to guide people toward wholeness and self-sufficiency.
If you would like to talk to our staff and learn more about housing opportunities at Chicago House & Social Service Agency, call 773-248-5200 and dial Ext. 2 to reach our Housing Support Line. A housing support representative will return your call within 24 hours on business days, Monday-Friday.
Supportive Living Program
The residential housing programs at Chicago House include the Supportive Living Program, established in 1987, which provides a 24-hour staffed, 16-bedroom residential facility for adults. It is often a first step for individuals who come to us directly from the streets or shelters.
Family Support Program
Our Family Support Program provides housing and support services to families with dependent children. Adults living in this facility receive mental health services, case management, and life skills counseling from on-site professionals. Chicago House also offers extensive developmental, educational, and after-school programming for the approximately 25 children and youth who currently reside in the Family Support Program with their parents or guardians.
Independent Living Program
Our third facility is the Independent Living Program for single adults who are in need of affordable housing with intermittent supportive services. These residents are able to live independently, but still need access to some support services that Chicago House provides, such as group counseling, employment services, and case management.
Our newest housing program, opened in July 2013, is the TransLife Center. In the same 9-bedroom facility that we once used as a hospice, we now deliver housing, employment, linkage-to-medical care, case management, and legal services to transgender individuals.
Scattered-Site Housing Program
In addition to these four facilities, Chicago House also runs a Scattered-Site Housing Program in which staff help homeless individuals and families find housing in apartment units throughout Chicago, with the assistance of rental subsidy agreements with landlords.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for housing in one of Chicago House's facilities?
You may call us at 773.248.5200 and ask for a housing application. You may also download a Residential Housing Application and mail it to us at the address listed on the application packet. After the application is received and processed, you will be interviewed. Information on how to apply for Scattered-Site Housing may be found here.Am I eligible?Each of Chicago House’s four supportive housing facilities has its own eligibility requirements. To learn what these requirement are, you may call us at 773.248.5200.How much does it cost?Residents pay 30% of their income as rent. However, if a resident has no income, he or she pays no rent.Where is the housing located?Our four housing facilities are located in Uptown, Edgewater, and West Town.