There is a severe shortage of affordable housing in Chicago. In order to better serve our clients and end homelessness for women, Sarah’s Circle has begun the process of developing a new building that will include 38 units of permanent housing for women with histories of chronic homelessness. This building will be located in Uptown.
In addition to 38 critically needed apartments, the new building will offer an improved space for our 50-bed Interim Housing facility. This new home for the Interim Housing program will have designated rooms for clinical and group activities, on-site case management offices, and additional private storage space for the women.
With the help of the architects of Perkins + Will and contractors from Skender, Sarah's Circle is moving forward with an impressive design which will serve the needs of our programs while honoring the original building's historical value.
Facts at a Glance
When will the building be completed?
Construction is currently underway and full occupancy is expected in the fall of 2020.
How will the new building be used?
Sarah’s Circle’s current 50-bed Interim Housing program will be moved into the new building for an improved space. The new building will also contain 38 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for women considered chronically homeless. There will be community space for activities, a computer lab, cafeteria, staff offices, and more storage space for in-kind donations and other supplies.
Who will this building help?
This new building will provide 38 women a home to call their own. The 38 units of Permanent Supportive Housing will be designated for women considered chronically homeless, meaning they have been continuously homeless for at least one year or on four separate occasions in the last three years and have a disabling condition.
The Interim Housing Program is for women who are currently homeless. Interim Housing offers women the stability of having 24/7 shelter services and intensive case management to help them achieve their housing goals.
How will the new building be funded?
The building will be funded primarily by an extremely generous $14 million gift from a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. This gift, the largest donation in Sarah's Circle's history, is a vote of confidence in our agency's ability to end homelessness for women. This facility is also supported with additional gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Sarah's Circle also received $3.5 million in TIF Funding. Check back soon for special opportunities on ways that you can support the continued success of this building.
Why is a new building necessary?
Women with disabling conditions who have been chronically homeless oftentimes need ongoing support from case managers in order to retain their housing. This project provides those units of permanent supportive housing to provide those essential services. The new building will increase Sarah’s Circle’s capacity while providing long-term sustainability for women facing homelessness.
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If you are interested in contributing in support of this project, please contact Angie Day, External Relations and Grants Manager, for more information.
We truly thank our neighbors and constituents who have spoken out in support of our mission and new building. Together, we will end homelessness for women in Chicago.