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HOW is committed to developing affordable housing, modeling green building practices, and providing property management for the four buildings it owns. The goal of HOW’s affordable housing preservation and production efforts is to ensure that extremely low-, low- and moderate-income individuals and families can access safe, affordable housing throughout the Chicagoland area.

Permanent Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities 

More than half of HOW’s subsidized housing units are designated for individuals with disabilities, both with and without families. There is no time limit on participation in this program.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

In partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, HOW offers housing and services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Advocacy for Individuals and Families involved with DCFS

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), HOW provides housing advocacy and crisis management for youth who are transitioning from DCFS care and families involved with DCFS who are struggling with housing insecurity.

Housing and Support for Families in Transition (FIT)

The FIT program is a partnership with the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Chicago Public Schools, the Department of Family Support Services, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and local housing nonprofits including HOW. Chicago Public Schools identifies families with children in CPS who are experiencing homelessness. Housing agencies including HOW provide housing location assistance, case management, and employment services to help families stabilize and kids succeed in school. HOW currently serves 40 FIT program families whose children attend school in Englewood.

Homeless Dedicated Prevention

HOW’s Homeless Dedicated Prevention program assists individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis by providing crisis management, housing placement, psychological support, and links to funding and service providers. The HOW Prevention Department receives at least 600 calls each year from people seeking help.

HOW clients reside across the city. HOW owns and operates 62 units of housing in five buildings - three in Rogers Park, one in South Shore and a newly constructed 16 units of affordable housing in Evanston. The remaining units are scattered across Chicagoland.

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