Who We Are

Excellence in Action

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 and provided over 500,000 shelter nights. 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.


SSPADS collaborates with several businesses, agencies, partner organizations and local public offices to provide effecient and quality care to our clients.


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, in conjunction with 7 BEDS Plus locations, within 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, and many more!




SSPADS is the only agency in the south suburbs delivering the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) model of shelter services; and is the first agency to develop and build, in partnership with Turnstone Development Corporation, the first permanent supportive housing building in the region, specifically for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.




 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