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.
West Suburban PADS does a little bit of everything, and they do it all well. Whether it's what you think of as PADS overnight shelter or one of their many housing and service programs that help people get out and stay out of homelessness, West Suburban PADS is a leader in cutting edge practices that truly help our west suburban neighbors in times of crisis.
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West Suburban PADS is the only agency in the near west cook county suburbs that is dedicated exclusively to ending homelessness. People believe that homelessness is a "big city issue" and that is just not the case. People are homeless in suburbs, cities, small towns and rural areas.