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Housing Crisis- Eviction Prevention, Rental Assistance, Emergency Shelter

Homeless Prevention Call Center

Housing Forward
6634 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Housing Forward provides rental assistance, short term stabilization, and services to resolve a financial or rental housing crisis situations.

Emergency Shelter Locations
708-338-1724 or toll-free 888-338-1744 (
Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm.)
Housing Forward provides overnight shelters that include dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to go.

Sarah’s Inn
708-386-4225 (24-hour crisis line)
708-792-3120 (text line)
309 Harrison St. # 100, Oak Park, IL 60304
Sarah’s Inn offers intervention services, individual advocacy, counseling, support and education groups, life skills development, legal advocacy, and art therapy for domestic violence victims.

The Primo Center for Women and Children
Homeless Shelter
4241 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624
Community Center
115 N Parkside Ave, Chicago, IL 60644

Free Lunch & Food Pantry Services

Forest Park Schools, K-8
The Forest Park Public Schools offer a daily breakfast and lunch program for students in grades K through 8. Free or reduced breakfasts are provided for those families that may qualify under the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Families qualifying for free or reduced meals can pick up the application form at registration or in their school office.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository
An updated guide to where to find food in our area.  

Forest Park Food Pantry
Howard Mohr Community Center
7640 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park, IL 60130
Monday-Friday 9 am – 2 pm
Must have a residence in Forest Park.
Participants receive one box every 30 days.

St Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry at St. Bernadine’s in Forest Park
7246 W. Harrison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130 
Leave a message at the rectory at 708-366-0839.
Food Pantry is open each Saturday morning from 9 am to 11 am.  Please enter through the Marengo Avenue door. All are welcome.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
848 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60302
Distribution Days:
Saturdays: 9 am – 12 pm
1st Wednesday of the month: 7 – 8:30 pm
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday of the month: 3:30 – 5 pm

Sheridan Carroll Charity Works
2015 N. Harlem, Chicago 60707
Monday: 3 – 5 pm
Service Area: Austin – 1st and Lawrence – Lake Street

Catholic Charities West Suburban
1400 S. Austin, Cicero 60804
Monday & Tuesday: 9 – 11 am; 12 – 2 pm
Thursday: 2 – 6 pm

First Christian Church Vons House
708-681-1242  (Contact Carolyn and Curtis Malone)
1001 S 8th Ave, Maywood, IL 60153
Every 3rd Friday (Community Box only in June): 9:30 – 11:30 am

C.T. Baker Performing Arts Center
708-344-5700 x 10
401 S 5th Ave, Maywood, IL 60153
Saturday: 9 – 11 am

Vision of Restoration, Inc.
1405 Madison St, Maywood, IL 60153
Tuesday 9 –11 am
Emergency Hours: Monday 10 am – 3 pm, Tuesdays 12 – 3 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10 am – 3 pm, &  Friday 10 am – 12 pm

Health & Mental Health Services

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-7255

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-2738252

Illinois Helpline for Opiods & Other Substances: 833-2FINDHELP 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-234-0420  

Alcoholics Anonymous 800-371-1475

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Treatment Finder  

Riveredge Hospital
8311 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park IL 60130

NAMI Metro Suburban
816 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60302

Family Support Services

Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 800-252-2873

National Runaway Safeline: 800-786-2929 (RUN-AWAY)

DCFS Child Abuse Hotline:  800-25 ABUSE (Illinois)

Families for Freedom Deportation Hotline: 646-290-5551

The Trevor Project (crisis prevention for LGBTQ teens and new adults 13-24):  866-488-7386

GLBT National Help Center Youth Hotline:  800-246-7743

Hephzibah Children’s Association
1144 Lake St., 5th Floor, Oak Park, IL 60301
Helps strengthen and stabilize families that are experiencing crisis or stress, alleviate short term financial crisis, assist with enrichment activities for children and tutoring and respite services through a volunteer program.

New Moms
773-252-3253 x 128
405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
This organization helps young mothers (ages 18-24) and their children with support needed to break out of an ongoing cycle of poverty, homelessness, and dependence. New Moms offers free parent education workshops with free childcare that cover a wide range of early childhood parenting topics.

Employment Services

Housing Forward
708-338-1724 x 301
6634 W. Roosevelt Rd., Oak Park, IL 60302
One-on-one job coaching, job search assistance, and resume development for adult job seekers; five-week classroom setting Career Passport program for adults.

New Moms
773-252-3253 x 128
5317 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60651
New Moms offers two-week job training for young moms, ages 18-24.

African American Christian Foundation
6707 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
ACF Employments services offers a Workforce Training Program.

Before & After School Programming & Tutoring

West Cook YMCA
Y-Kids: DCFS-licensed before and after-school recreation program for children grades K-6. Provides transportation to and from area school. Pick-up times vary per school. Please inquire about bus service at District 97 or 91 before registering. Available Monday-Friday from 7 – 9 am and from school dismissal until 7 pm.  Y-Kids Before & After-School program is now held at St. John Lutheran Church located at 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park, IL.

Cluster Tutoring
Cluster Tutoring provides free one-to-one tutoring to more than 100 students. Each tutor is matched with a student and the pair works together during the school year to prepare for a successful academic career.

Hephzibah Children’s Association
Hephzibah offers a day care program for children grades K-5 after school, on school holidays and during the summer months. After-School Day Care is provided
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the school year: 2:55 – 6 pm
Wednesdays: 1:55 – 6 pm

Help for Women, LGBTQ+

State of IL Domestic Violence Help Line: 877-863-6338

Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline:  800-656 HOPE

GLBT National Help Center Hotline:  888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Sarah’s Inn
309 Harrison St # 100, Oak Park, IL 60304
708-386-4225 (24-hour crisis line)
708-792-3120 (text line)

Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Other Hotline Numbers

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-234-0420  

Alcoholics Anonymous: 800-371-1475

CARES Line (SASS): 800-345-9049  

Child Abuse, National: 800-422-4453  

Crisis Center of South Suburbia: 708-429-7233  

Crisis Counseling, General: 847-228-6400  

Crisis Counseling, Teens: 847-228-8996

Crisis Counseling, Children: 847-228-5437  

DCFS Hotline: 800-252-2873  

Domestic Violence – General: 800-799-7233  

Domestic Violence Hotline-Chicago: 800-603-4357  

Homeless Hotline:  800-654-8595  

Sexual Assault, General (RAINN): 800-656-4673  

Sexual Assault Hotline – Chicago: 888-293-2080  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255  

Police, Fire, or Medical Emergency: 911

Runaway Switchboard: 800-786-2929  

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860  

Trevor Hotline/ Gay Youth: 866-488-7386


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