Franciscan Outreach is proud to operate two successful programs that provide opportunities for our guests to transition into permanent housing and create better lives. The Streets-to-Home Initiative and the Interim Housing Program represent our commitment to change lives.

Streets-to-Home Initiative

The Streets-to-Home Initiative is operated in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, which helps fund the program by subsidizing case manager salaries and providing vouchers for temporary housing. There are 43 slots in the program for individuals who have been determined housing-ready by our case managers.

Participants receive a voucher for subsidized housing and are required to meet regularly with case managers and attend educational and social group meetings. Case managers help participants address life issues, adapt to their new surroundings, and apply for permanent housing of their own. As individuals move into their own permanent housing, new guests are added to the program in their place.

Since the Streets-to-Home Initiative began in 2006, we have had 78 participants move on from the program. As of March 5, 2013:

  • 67 moved into housing of their own
  • 16 moved in with family or friends

This is a 74% success rate, which is truly remarkable!

Interim Housing Program at Franciscan House

The Interim Housing Program started on May 3, 2011 and serves 14 shelter guests at a time. The goal is to help them move on to permanent housing within 120 days. Potential participants may apply to be a part of the program or may be invited by the staff to participate.

Participants receive 24-hour access to the shelter, life skills training, and volunteer opportunities. We select those participants who are most motivated to leave the shelter and find housing.

Interim Housing participants receive intensive case management to help them find housing in 120 days. The needs of the individual, as well as the barriers he/she faces in obtaining permanent housing, will determine how quickly he/she moves through the program. In Phase 1, participants attend life skills classes and volunteer 25 hours per week in clerical, custodial, and culinary roles. In Phase 2, participants have reduced volunteer hour requirements because they are either working or in a job training program.

As of October 13, 2014, 11 individuals are participating in Phase 1, 5 are in Phase 2, and 33 have moved into permanent housing.

Your support helps us pay for this valuable program that helps change lives.