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, compassionate support services and a purposeful focus on racial equity, we provide the opportunity for stability and wellness.
To create a Chicago without homelessness or inequities
Read our Strategic Plan to learn how we will be working to end homelessness over the next 3 years!
Who We Are
Renaissance Social Services, Inc provides housing and support services for Chicago’s most vulnerable homeless residents. This past year, Renaissance helped more than 2,200 people – veterans, families and individuals – find homes, address their mental and physical health issues, and reintegrate into their communities.
Opened in 1997 to help low-income Chicagoans maintain their housing, the organization’s first units of supportive housing came from a partnership with Renaissance Realty Group, a collaboration that allowed the agency to house clients, provide supportive social services, decrease residential turnover, and increase the stability of the building and community. Since then, Renaissance has expanded its programs and partnerships to serve more than 900 individuals.
Our Prevention Program aims to keep people in their homes through emergency financial assistance. Our Permanent Supportive Housing programs provide quality housing and case management support to individuals and families where the head of household has a disability. Our Street Outreach links people living on the streets and in shelters to housing and services. Our Living Room in the Austin neighborhood provides peer-based mental health crisis de-escalation services on a drop-in basis. Our partnership with Trilogy provides short-term supported housing for people with severe mental illness while they await permanent housing to become available. And our Rapid Re-Housing program delivers short-term supported housing to acutely homeless individuals as they work to build up their ability to move into their own housing.
Renaissance offers this broad and depth array of services because the intersection between homelessness, housing instability, and behavioral health needs is broad and requires a continuum of services in order to be effective in meeting the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.
If you are facing an unexpected expense and need assistance to cover bills, we can help you stay in your home by providing a voucher for car repairs, medical bills, and other urgent needs.
Renaissance works with landlords to find affordable housing in Chicago and matches our participants with those units.