September 27, 2019

Homelessness remains a national crisis in the U.S. Recent estimates via the Department of Housing and Urban Development show that there are still 552,830 homeless people across the country. The report also notes that the number of people in unsheltered locations h...

Renaissance has been focusing on racial equity within our programs and at the organization as a whole over the past year. This focus was ignited by the SPARC Phase One Study Findings published in 2018. We wanted to answer the question about whether African-American par...

July 3, 2019

The Buzz...(cont'd.)

And finally, summer is here! We all thought that the “spring” (or what passes for spring in Chicago) was going to stay forever. And now that summer is here, what does that mean for people who are homeless? When it’s below zero, we all understand tha...

“I Never Felt Settled”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's befitting to use this space to share what I have witnessed in my work with chronically homeless individuals who also experience issues with mental health. I vividly recollect a conversation with a partici...

Veteran homelessness is unacceptable. The idea that there are literally tens of thousands of veterans around this country who have sacrificed – body and mind – for this country only to end up living on the streets and in shelters is appalling.  It dishonors their servi...

April is National Volunteer Month. So it seems like a perfect time to introduce myself.

I’m Fidel Williams and I am the Community Engagement and Volunteer Services Manager for Renaissance Social Services, Inc. I’m also a three-term AmeriCorps Alumni, where I’ve complete...

Harm Reduction = Any Positive Change

Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use and other high-risk behaviors.  It incorporates strategies that range from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence.  It meets and accepts...

When the polar vortex hit Chicago, it was the homeless who were hit the worst. While most of us stayed in the warmth of our homes, cars, or offices on those days, thousands of homeless, unable to find space in emergency shelters or warming centers, were left on their o...

Let’s start with the numbers on the good side of the ledger. From HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), which looks at homelessness on the national level, since 2013:

  • Family homelessness has declined by 21%

  • Unsheltered family homelessness declined by...

I was doing some research this morning and came across a really interesting article about some new services for people who are homeless in Louisville, KY. As part of an annual one-stop service day for homeless veterans there – an event where multiple providers come tog...

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