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 participants build self-sufficiency and lead healthier lives.

Preventing Homelessness

Renaissance prevents homelessness in Chicago by providing short term, emergency funds to people at risk of losing their homes.  We provide payment vouchers for urgent  financial hardships, such as car repairs or unexpected medical bills, which could result in missed rent payments and end in homelessness.

On-Site Services for Affordable Housing Developers

Renaissance has almost 25 years of experience in the provision of on-site case management and supportive services to residents in affordable housing developments. Renaissance has


• Expertise in serving the housing             needs of homeless individuals and       families

• Expertise in delivering Housing First,     Harm Reduction, and Low Barrier         housing

• Expertise in behavioral health and         stabilization services

• Expertise in providing services to           IDHA funded developments

• Expertise in serving Re-Entry                   populations


Renaissance works with multiple developers across Chicago delivering these support services to assure tenant stability and community integration for undeserved populations living in affordable housing developments. If you would like to learn more about how Renaissance can partner with you to help you get your development funded and to serve your housed residents, please contact Michael Banghart, Executive Director, at mbanghart@rssionline.org.

Supportive Housing

Renaissance Social Services partners with landlords across Chicago to provide safe and affordable housing for its participants. Along with housing, participants receive a range of supportive services to help them stabilize and move towards the greatest degree of autonomy possible.

Health Services

To help participants move towards the greatest degree of stability possible, Renaissance provides critical behavioral health services. Through Community Support Services, including (CST) and (CSI) services, the agency's clinical case managers work with participants to help them understand and address behavioral health issues that are impediments in their lives. This includes Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, and Recovery Support Services.


Primary healthcare needs are addressed through partnerships with Rush Medical systems and other community partners to provide home visiting nursing services. These services provide health assessments, health education, wounds care, vaccinations, and other preventative health services.

Support Services for Participants

Renaissance maintains ongoing relationships with participants to ensure they are able to stay in their homes. This includes helping them to acquire mainstream benefits (SNAP, TANF, SSI, etc.), manage public transportation, find employment, learn how to maintain their homes (including paying rent, cooking, cleaning, and managing conflicts), create and manage budgets, get support for their children's education, etc.

Nursing Home Diversion Services

Renaissance has opened a new Nursing Home Diversion housing program for adults here in Chicago. Housing and support services are provided so that adults that have experienced a mental health crisis can remain in a community-based setting as they prepare to transition to longer-term, permanent community-based housing. While living in this housing, residents receive support services to address their health, recovery, and community engagement needs.

Street Outreach

As a partner in the City of Chicago's Flexible Housing Pool (FHP), Renaissance conducts Street Outreach to engage with chronically homeless individuals and families targeted for housing by the FHP. Street Outreach staff build trust with those on the street and in shelters and assist them in getting enrolled in the FHP and into housing.

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2501 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60612

development @ rssichicago.org

Tel: 773-645-8900

TTY: 312-496-3270
Fax: 312-579-3437

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