If You Need Help:

Harmony Tiffany & Aaliyah1

Tiffany reads her child’s favorite book to her daughter, Aaliyah, in her Harmony Village Transitional Living Program apartment. Tiffany is a former Ward of the State and became homeless as the result of a failed adoption. Her adoptive mother always kept the subsidy check the state provided her for Tiffany’s care, but Tiffany did not feel that she was given adequate clothing or school supplies. When Tiffany was a senior in high school and pregnant, the adoptive mother kicked her out. Tiffany tried to live with her baby’s father, but he became abusive. She lived house to house and couch to couch while trying to get into Harmony. “I was on the wait list for a whole year! Harmony has given me and my daughter a safe, stable place to live and support from caring adults.

Are you a youth under 18 years old and experiencing homelessness?

  • CCBYS (Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services) Information Line (24hrs Crisis Intervention for homeless minors): 1.877.870.2663
  • National Runaway Safeline: 1.800.RUNAWAY –or—1.800.786.2929
  • The Night Ministry’s Open Door Shelter, West Town (Chicago): 773.056.4100, (be sure to
  • state your age to the worker who answers the phone)
  • …or go to the nearest police station and ask for help!

Are you a youth between 18 and 25 years old, in Chicago, and experiencing homelessness?

  • Go to any hospital emergency room or police station and call 311, or the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Homeless Hotline: 312.743.1524
  • (Tell the worker on the phone that you are a youth who is homeless).
  • After a wait, a van from Catholic Charities will pick you up and take you to a shelter.

If you are pregnant and/or parenting youth needing emergency shelter:

  • Call La Casa Norte at 773.276.4900

If you do not have any children, go to one of the following:

Youth Emergency Shelters:

  • Southside: Ujima Village, 7320 S. Yale, the South wing of the building, at 8PM
  • Southside: La Casa Norte, 1736 W. 47thSt., at 9PM
  • Westside: A Safe Haven, 2750 W. Roosevelt Rd. (at California Ave), at 7PM
  • Northwest Side: La Casa Norte, 1940 N. California, at 9PM
  • Northside: The Crib, 835 W. Addison, basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church,       (2 blocks East of the Addison Red Line Stop), at 8:30PM

Drop-in Centers:

  • Southside: Teen Living Programs, 5500 S. Indiana, basement of Life Center Chruch Call for hours: 773.891.2505
  • Southside: La Casa Norte, 1736 W. 47thSt., Call for hours: 773.276.4900
  • Southside: CP2 Youth Center at Washington Park, 5531 S. Russell Dr, Call for
  • hours: 773.702.5872
  • Downtown: For Female-­‐identified sex workers only, Call for hours and address:
  • 877.606.3158
  • Northwest Side: Vida Sida Generation L, 2703 W. Division (at California), Call for
  • hours: 773.278.6737
  • Northwest Side: Casa Corazon West, 3543 W. North Ave., Call for hours:
  • 773.276.4900
  • Northside: Broadway Youth Center, 615 W. Wellington, in Wellington Ave. United
  • Church of Christ, Call for hours: 773.935.3151
  • Northside: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Call for hours: 773.472.6469
  • Northside: Neon Street Dorms, 4506 N. Sheridan Rd., Call for hours: 773.433.1290
  • o Northside: Café Pride, 716 W. Addison, in Lakeview Presbyterian Church, Call for hours: 713.281.2655 or email:   alex@lakeviewpresbyterian.org
  • Northside: TransSafe at The Translife Center in the Edgewater neighborhood, open only to transgender and non-­‐conforming young people, Call for hours and location: 773.248.5200 x432
  • Northside: After Hours at Howard Brown Health Center, open only to transgender and non-­‐conforming young people, 4025 N. Sheridan Rd., Call for hours:
  • 773.299.7602

Are you over 25 years old, in Chicago, and experiencing homelessness?

  • Go to any hospital emergency room or police station and call 311, or the Chicago
  • Department of Family and Support Services Homeless Hotline: 312.743.1524.
  • After a wait, a van from Catholic Charities will pick you up and take you to a shelter.
  • If you are a Veteran, National VA Call Center for Homeless Vets: 1.877.424.3838

Are you hungry and need food?

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository, 773.247.3663, or www.chicagosfoodbank.org and click on GET FOOD; type in your Zip Code, and contact info for all the food pantries and soup kitchens near you will appear.
  • Illinois Hunger Hotline: 1.800.359.2163, Mon-­‐Fri, 9AM-­‐5PM, also helps with LINK/SNAP “food stamps”.

Are you experiencing homelessness and need help with the Chicago Public

Schools for you or your child?

  • CPS Students in Temporary Living Situations info-­‐line: 773.553.2242, Mon-­‐Fri, 8AM-­‐5PM

Other helpful, hotline numbers:

  • AIDS/HIV and STD/STI Hotline (Illinois)—1.800.243.2437
  • Alcoholics Anonymous—312.346.1475
  • Animal Abuse Hotline (Greater Chicago Area)—1. 217.782.6657
  • Arrested by Chicago Police / Legal Hotline—1.800.LAW.REP.4 or 1.800.529.7374
  • Chicago City Services (calling from within Chicago city limits) 311
  • Child Abuse Hotline (Illinois DCFS)—1.800.252.2873
  • Domestic Violence Hotline (Chicago & all Illinois)—1.877.863.6338 TTY 1.877.863.6339
  • Human Trafficking/Sex Trafficking (Stop It /Salvation Army, Chicago)—1.877.606.3158
  • Immigration/Refugee Hotline (IL Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights)—1.855.435.7693
  • Job Service, Training/ IL Job Service—312.338.4337
  • Legal Help/ Legal Assistance Foundation—312.341.1070
  • LGBTQ Crisis Hotline (Chicago, Center On Halsted, violence resources)—1.773.871.2273
  • LGBT National Talkline (Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)—1.800.PRIDE –OR—1.800.246.7734
  • Narcotics Anonymous—708.848.4884
  • Poison Control Center (Illinois)—1.800.222.1222
  • Rape Crisis Line (Chicago)—1.888.293.2080
  • Substance Abuse Hotline (National with local referrals)—1.800.821.4357
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (National)—1.800.273.8255
  • Tenant Hotline (trouble with a Chicago Landlord, Metropolitan Tenants Org.)—773.292.4988