Renaissance’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
To reduce the risk of exposure for our participants & staff, most staff will be working remotely until further notice. Participants needing assistance from their case managers should call them directly. We are still available during normal work hours via email and phone, and we will continue our work to support our participants during this challenging time.
Prevention & Housing Assistance: Click here for links to Prevention and Housing Assistance:
How You Can Help Renaissance: Because of the need to maximize social distance, Renaissance has cancelled all fundraising events until at least the summer. This, combined with expected shifts in institutional funding, means that Renaissance needs to raise money to support our ongoing efforts to respond to the crisis.
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In 2019, we've helped more than 1,300 homeless individuals and families
For over 22 years, we have worked to find safe and secure housing for hundreds of Chicago's homeless residents, provide long-term support through Clinical Case Management, and assistance for people to help them stay in their homes by offering financial and other supports for individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless.
We also provide housing to low-income seniors who are 55 or older, are living with a disability and at risk for becoming homelessness.
Our Mission: Renaissance Social Services is changing the lives of individuals and families in Chicago, giving them hope and vision for a new life. By supporting communities and the people who live within them with quality affordable housing, behavioral healthcare, outreach, homeless prevention and compassionate support services we provide the opportunity for stability and wellness.
Our Vision: To end homelessness in Chicago through compassionate support services, clean and safe affordable housing and community enrichment.
Renaissance Social Services is a Certified Mental Health Center by the State of Illinois. The agency focuses on Chicago’s most vulnerable homeless residents– those who have behavioral health issues, physical disabilities, and chronic illnesses. Many of our participants have been formerly incarcerated, are dealing with substance use issues, or have been victims of domestic abuse.
The agency delivers services through a Comprehensive Case Management model of care, focusing on behavioral health, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. Our work provides safety, security, and peace of mind to Chicago’s homeless by helping them locate affordable housing in all parts of the City, and then providing ongoing support though regular meetings with social workers with expertise in addressing homelessness and housing issues. Our staff helps each participant get the services he/she/they needs to address their behavioral and physical health issues, improve their well being, and thrive.
Homeless Prevention & other Emergency Services
Through our Homeless Prevention Program we help keep people in their homes when they meet financial emergencies that put them at risk of becoming homeless.
We assist by providing any Chicago resident with short-term assistance for financial hardships, such as unexpected bills, and by connecting them to other resources to help them stabilize their housing.
We use the Permanent Supportive Housing and Housing First models to ensure our participants can find and stay in safe and permanent affordable housing.
Our Housing Stability Program, Supportive Housing Outreach Team, and Family Support Team work together to provide affordable housing and onsite individualized case management services to our participants.
We also provide participants with everything they need in their new home including mattresses, sheets, blankets, dishes and food. Things many of us take for granted.
Our highly experienced Supportive Service teams work to define the needs of each participant - mental health, substance abuse, health care, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, employment assistance, and additional case management. Teams work with participants to design individualized action plans to help them build on their strengths and move towards becoming stably housed and autonomous.
For many, living on their own also requires assistance with;
Life skills development, such as grocery shopping and paying bills.
In the past year, we have helped more than 1,200 homeless individuals and families. 930 households were provided prevention funds and services so they can stay housed. 215 adults and 91 children are part of our Permanent Supportive Housing programs.
.In 2019 (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019) the following shows the tremendous progress of the Permanent Supportive Housing participants:
98% of participants remained in supportive housing for at least one year;
91% of participants made at least one of their goals;
99% of participants avoided unnecessary hospitalizations;
95% of participants avoided evictions;
99% of participants were not incarcerated; and,
94% of participants avoided psychiatric stays.
Learn more about what we do through the words of our participants. Watch their moving stories: