333 N Oakley Blvd, Ste 101 Chicago IL 606012 info@rssichicago.org 773.645.8900

WHAT WE DO

At Renaissance, our aim is to prevent homelessness among those who are at risk and help build stronger communities by fostering residential stability.  We find safe and secure housing, linked with supportive services, to help our clients build self-sufficiency and lead healthier lives.

 

 PREVENTION


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Renaissance works to avert homelessness among those in crisis.  This is done primarily through our participation in the Emergency Fund which enables us to provide short-term assistance with financial hardships to any person in the community.    Please note that requests for assistance are generally processed at the beginning of each month and an individual may qualify for assistance no more than once per year.

 

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SUPPORTIVE HOUSING 


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Renaissance Social Services runs two different housing programs: the Housing Stability Program (HSP) and the Supportive Housing Outreach Team in order to provide affordable housing and onsite individualized case management services to out clients.

Our Housing Stability Program works with building managers to  provides affordable housing for individuals and families.  We place our staff in those buildings and deliver supportive services to our clients and other residents.  Our locations include:
 Renaissance North, Renaissance West, Lyndale Place, and Renaissance Wicker Park.  All of these locations on Chicago’s North and North West sides. RSSI also manages operations at Carter House and Union House in Chicago’s Near North Side, within a building operated by Holsten Management. 

Renaissance also provides housing to low-income seniors who are 55 or older, are living with a disability and are at risk for homelessness. Our senior housing program is based at RRG’s Kilpatrick Renaissance location on Chicago’s North West Side.

The Supportive Housing Outreach Team program (SHOT) works with chronically homeless individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and mental illness.

The SHOT program was one of seven recipients to receive a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   We launched our program in 2010 to provide housing and supportive services to 150 chronically homeless individuals. We work with chronically homeless men and women to find housing throughout the city.  

RSSI also provides our clients with clinical case management to allow clients to stay in their homes and thrive.  Our case management services include:

  • MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: psychiatric assessment, counseling, medication assistance, symptom management skills, etc
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING: peer support, therapeutic interventions, relapse prevention, harm reduction, etc.
  • HEALTH CARE SERVICES including nurse visits, medication assistance, symptom management and advocacy with community providers
  • HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND EDUCATION
  • EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE including skills assessment, resume building, linkage with employment training partners, post-employment support, etc.
  • HOUSING ASSISTANCE: including tenant counseling and rental and security deposit assistance
  • CASE MANAGEMENT services for attaining and managing benefits, linkage with dental and optical care, social support development, financial literacy and care coordination.