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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.

Our Values

We promote and create opportunities for social and economic change that ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion.


We advocate for the self determination of everyone and practice empathy, humility, and non-judgment.


We acknowledge the unique experience of each person and
demonstrate respect, trust, fairness, and transparency.


We recognize the importance of working together to expand capacity, increase sustainability, and achieve shared goals for our


We test theories, explore new approaches, and build creative solutions in response to complex issues.

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