Approximately 60 individuals and families move into HOW supportive housing each year.

Housing is a right, not a privilege. 

Since 1983, HOW has been a leader in permanent solutions to homelessness. Through prevention strategies; expanded, affordable, supportive housing; and individualized support services we have helped thousands take back their lives. HOW operates under the Housing First Model, which ensures that individuals experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible, and then provided with tools for success and self-sufficiency.


HOW was an early proponent of the Housing First model and is now the third largest provider of permanent supportive housing in Chicago with over 600 units across the city. Our work has evolved and now pairs housing with a broad array of prevention and supportive services helping empower our clients toward lifelong self-sufficiency.


Over the years we’ve listened to our clients, paying close attention to their needs, ideas, and goals in order to translate them into specific programs. Whether it be finding a job, securing healthcare, or enrolling in school, HOW is committed to providing our clients with the tools they need to succeed.


In 2019 we worked with over 1,300 individuals to harness their potential and rebuild their lives.

Together we can make a difference.  Join us in our fight against poverty and homelessness.

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Housing Opportunities for Women

1607 W Howard St.

Third Floor

Chicago, IL 60626


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