La Posada Interim Housing for Families Experiencing Homelessness
La Posada’s main goal is to restore families who are experiencing homelessness to stable and permanent living situations by providing interim housing for up to 120 days. In addition to housing, La Posada provides case management and support services to identify each family's strengths and needs, working to address the root causes of homelessness and preventing recurrence.
La Posada is funded through a combination of public and private funding:
Housing Urban Development (HUD)
Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (CDFSS)
Illinois Department Human Services (IDHS)
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OTHER SERVICES OFFERED BY LA POSADA
- Educational Community Access and Alternatives to Training/Employment (EDUCATE)
This service was created to fulfil a demand of computer education to assist the homeless population with school, employment, and ultimately independence. Additionally, the EDUCATE service has an unconditional mission to support community living, has the responsibility to restore and develop the capacity of families to live independently, productively and develop a sense of commitment to continuing education for increasing self-worth and employability.
EDUCATE develops, promotes and supports a short and/or a long-term plan for every participant who enrols in this service. Despite the barriers of homelessness, this service-designed training promotes career pathways leading people to cultivate new skills to discover new networks of employability and to pursue further education.
The following bi-lingual trainings are provided through EDUCATE at La Posada:
- Job Readiness – Pre-Employment Skills
- Basic Computer Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher)
- Hotel Hospitality Basics
- English as a Second Language (Class and Online)
- GED preparation support and typing.
Upon initial contact, families referred to La Posada must meet certain eligibility criteria prior to entrance into the program:
- Must provide verification of homelessness
- Must meet Income Poverty Guidelines
- Applicant must be an adult over the age of 18 with minor children
At La Posada, once a family is determined to be eligible and has entered the program, they work with a Family Support Case Manager. As a family-centred program, La Posada provides services that are designed to identify the unique needs of each individual family through a service plan. Case managers advocate on behalf of the participants as needs are identified in order to help them become self-sufficient and assist families as they apply for benefits acquisition and other necessary services. During their temporary stay at La Posada, each participant has access to on-site supportive services that include food, clothing from donations, transportation vouchers, babysitting, pre-vocational training/job readiness, ESL, and financial literacy.
To learn more, call La Posada’s main line at 773.782.8820.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or is in need of emergency housing:
- Go to the nearest hospital or police station for assistance with shelter.
- Call 311. You will be directed the nearest pick-up point to be taken to a shelter or ask for Short-Term Help.
- Visit Direct2Housing, an online tool that allows you to search for housing information on your own. You can click on each of the results to see contact information, eligibility criteria, and application process for supportive housing programs.
- Visit the City of Chicago’s list of Warming/Cooling Centers for other helpful resources.
- Visit the Cook County Continuum of Care website for information on emergency housing resources in suburban cook county.