3121 West 71st Street Chicago, IL, 60629


Our Mission

Since its inception, Southwest Chicago Homeless Services has served homeless and housing insecure persons.

The agency operates in the Chicago Lawn community, across from Marquette Park, a Chicago Park District property where many homeless persons congregate and bed down at night, making it readily accessible to a sizable homeless population. We feed, bathe and clothe up to 35 of those indigent and needy individuals six nights per week. Clients who are referred to case management are found to have major barriers to becoming housed, such as lack of income, criminal records, mental and other illnesses, including addictions. Many also face the issue of eviction or being displaced because of a property owner’s foreclosure. All of these clients are seeking housing immediately.

We offer case management services, and homeless prevention assistance. An experienced Housing Specialist is also part of our team.

We operate a small number of permanent housing units.

Agencies such as DHS, DOC, and nearby shelters often refer clients for securing IDs or case management. Last year, we helped 1700 individuals: the seventh year in a row we served over 1500 unduplicated persons.


  • Deborah Wohler,

  • Lori Pacura,

  • Robert Spielman,

  • Dimas Ortega,

Board of Directors

  • Walter Gillespie

  • Frank Marmo, M.D.

  • Robert Bator

  • Barbara Jilek

  • Dr. Sanja Stinson

  • Thelma Tennant

  • Colleen Esteves

Our Benefactors

Southwest Chicago Homeless Services, relies on many benefactors and volunteers to partner with us in serving poor and homeless individuals and families throughout Chicagoland. With your generosity and alliance, Southwest Chcago Homeless Services, is able to provide continued services to this population. The Board of Directors, staff and guests extend our heartfelt gratitude to these major donors of 2018-2019: