Last year, we provided supportive housing to over 150 Chicago households
Inspiration Corporation’s Housing Services program provides formerly homeless individuals and families with an apartment and the wraparound services and support they need to make their new place a home.
Our case managers connect with individuals and families experiencing homelessness on the streets and in emergency shelters, help them identify a new home, and work with their new landlord to make sure that they transition smoothly into their unit. We strive to help our participants increase their self-sufficiency with the ultimate goal of helping them exit poverty for good.
We work with more than 150 households and their landlords, administering rental subsidies paid through federal and state contracts. Each contract requires us to match a percentage of the total amount with funds raised from private donors.
If you are homeless and looking for emergency shelter or housing, please click here for more information and resources.
Our Housing program staff have transitioned to working remotely and are interacting with participants by phone or email as much as possible. Staff are available to directly assist participants in the case of emergencies. We are continuing to take in new households and move individuals and families into new homes.
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Our Housing Program is supported by the Chicago Department of Family Support Services (DFSS). The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through DFSS supports nonprofit organizations, cities, and counties to serve persons who are at-risk of homelessness or homeless.
Homeless Management Information System
Inspiration Corporation participates in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS is a software system and database used by many agencies in Chicago that provide services to persons and families in need. HMIS is administered and governed by the Chicago Planning Council on Homelessness, which is staffed by the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. The information collected in HMIS helps improve service delivery, increase understanding of homelessness, and assess the effectiveness of homeless services in Chicago.
Agencies that use HMIS share basic information (such as Name, Social Security number, Date of Birth, Gender and Veteran Status) with other participating agencies. View the official HMIS Privacy Packet that details participants’ privacy rights:
Ta’Sha first came to Inspiration Corporation through a referral from an emergency shelter where she had been staying with her nine children, whose ages range from one to twelve.
She told us, “Getting housing opened new doors, better doors, for me. It stopped me worrying.” After almost a year in her new home, Ta’Sha decided to enroll in our Foodservice Training Program and pursue employment in the culinary industry to help provide for her kids. Read more about her story here