Mission: West Suburban PADS exists to serve individuals and families who are homeless - or at risk of homelessness- with dignity and respect, through shelter, housing and supportive services.
Target demographics: All West Suburban PADS clients are extremely low-income (71% have no income and the remainder have income below the poverty line) and homeless within the 20 communities on the near-west side of Cook County, IL.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 individuals and families who are homeless or face imminent risk of homelessness.
Programs: Homeless Prevention provides one-time rental, mortgage and/or utility assistance to individuals and families who are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure, and a security deposit and/or first month's rent for individuals and families leaving homelessness. Bi-lingual Spanish-speaking staff field inquiries for persons seeking shelter, housing and homeless prevention services. Callers are assessed to determine eligibility for local services.