Who We Are

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History and Overview

South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1990 as a response to the growing numbers of individuals and families becoming homeless in the “southland” region (Chicago’s south suburbs). Originally partnering with three congregations, an overnight, emergency shelter network was born. Today, the emergency shelter network is still in existence and the 3 sites have grown to 14 sites.


It is our mission and vision to move every individual and family  experiencing homelessness from the streets to permanent supportive housing.


Since its opening 28 years ago, SSPADS has served over 17,000 men, women and children, provided over 500,000 shelter nights, and 1.5 million free meals. In addition to the shelter network, SSPADS manages 83 owned rental units and manages another 50 or so leased permanent supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our  Country Club Hills Wellness Center. The Permanent Supportive Housing programs offer wraparound services with indiviudal case management, physical and mental healthcare partnerships, financial security education, and access to employment services.


South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) is a member of the Suburban Alliance to End Homelessness and collaborates with many institutions to prioritize care and housing resources for the most vulnerable homeless individuals in Cook County.  SSPADS was a founding member of The HUB, an alliance of south suburban agencies dedicated to coordinating referrals to ensure efficient provision of a variety of housing, food, clothing and other resources.  SSPADS collaborates with Together We Cope to co-manage a HUD grant providing scattered-site permanent supportive housing.  SSPADS partnered with Turnstone Development and the Housing Authority of Cook County to develop 77 units of permanent supportive housing for families.  SSPADS partners with the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Housing Forward and Beds Plus to provide scattered-site permanent supportive housing for vulnerable hospital patients.  SSPADS engages and partners with a network of 14 faith institutions to provide emergency homeless shelters. SSPADS collaborates with a wide variety of mental health and healthcare institutions to help shelter guests and housing residents to maintain and improve their health.  Finally, SSPADS collaborates with a variety of banks and education agencies to provide employment services and financial education to help people become more self-sufficient.


South Suburban PADS is grateful for your continued support to sustain the programs and services offered to our clients.


Thank you for saving lives!


Who We Serve


As a leading provider of emergency shelter

services, transitional and permanent housing,

SSPADS serves individuals and families who

are experiencing homelessness, formerly

homeless, or at-risk of homelessness.

Participants must be 18 years of age

and older to participate in all of SSPADS'

programs. If you are an unaccompanied

youth and need resources you may call us

and receive referrals to an appropriate

program or programs.




SSPADS' has 14 shelter locations serving multiple communities in the south suburbs of  Chicago. Our service area includes communities Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, Oak Lawn, Park Forest, Harvey, Ford Heights, Tinley Park, Hazel Crest, Matteson, Homewood, Tinley Park and many more!







 SSPADS has served over 17,000 men, women and children; and 422,780 shelter nights have been provided. Many of those same congregations are still are partners today. In addition to emergency shelter SSPADS provides permanent  supportive housing units, of which 77 are located in our Country Club Hills Wellness Center.




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Our Locations

South Tier

414 W. Lincoln Highway

Chicago Heights, IL 60411


Wellness Center

4411 W. Gatling Blvd.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478