How We Help
South Suburban PADS works to prevent and end homelessness in the south suburbs of Chicago through hospitality, compassion, service and dignity. We believe in empowering others through compassion and respect for all.
We are working to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. We provide emergency shelter, affordable homes and supportive services that enable people to overcome homelessness and find pathways home. Our work helps people escape homelessness, improve their health and achieve greater economic security.
Country Club Hills
East Hazel Crest
Southern Chicago Heights
How is homelessness impacting the Southland region?
Estimated number of people who are homeless
Estimated number of students (pre-K–12) who are homeless
Number of people who live in extreme poverty
Discover how we support members of our community in finding temporary and permanent housing solutions, as well as other supportive services.
Prior to the pandemic, our network of emergency shelters provide safe overnight lodging, healthy meals and warm hospitality throughout the Southland region in churches. The church-based shelters are currently closed, and guests have been provided with hotel rooms to self-isolate and stay safe. Our case managers work closely with shelter guests to determine the next steps for their success (e.g., housing assistance, mental health services, etc.)
For homelessness to be brief and nonrecurring, there needs to be a clear path forward. Our affordable housing programs strive to provide sustainable assistance by helping over 400 individuals and families progress toward self-sufficient, dignified housing every year.
Housing alone is just one piece of the puzzle, which is why we offer extensive support services to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients. Our caseworkers assist each client individually to determine the types of services they need to succeed.
We work with each client individually to determine their unique housing needs. Then, we provide them with adequate assistance to secure dignified housing through in-kind donations of home goods such as furniture, clothing, childrens’ necessities and more. Take action and view our in-kind donations options at the bottom of the page to learn more.
Consistent housing not only provides comfort — it improves physical and mental health. In addition to housing, South Suburban PADS provides care coordination, education, transportation and healthcare referrals to enable children and adults to achieve better health. This promotes mental clarity and encourages a positive sense of self, leading to better overall outcomes. Along the way, we provide a supportive community equipped with endless grace to celebrate wins, both big and small.
When we lift the burden of homelessness, individuals can better take the necessary steps to financial independence. Our counselors equip our clients to look for, find and keep a job. They also help our clients live according to a budget.