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La Casa Norte

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Housing Support, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The mission of La Casa Norte is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Results: In our first 10 years, we have helped more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals in more than 43 neighborhoods around Chicago.

Target demographics: serve youth and families experiencing homelessness

Geographic areas served: In Chicago

Programs: We provide housing and support services for at-risk and homeless youth and families. We provide scattered site permanent supportive housing for homeless youth and families. Clients live in private apartments located throughout the city. We offer many support services to accompany their needs. This includes life skills training, therapy, community building and the basic needs of food, clothing, and transportation. We also provide temporary housing for up to 16 homeless male youth at Solid Ground, Chicago’s first bilingual, male-intentional supportive housing program for homeless youth, ages 16-21. These youth have their own private room with shared common space, including a kitchen, dining room, community and workout room and computer lab. Solid Ground provides support services for life skill training, education, mentoring, employment services and therapy. Many of our youth and families need resources to accompany their transition from homelessness into housing with the goal of creating long-term stability. In addition to our services of life skills training, case management and therapy, we also provide the basic needs of food, clothing and transportation. We have an extensive network of collaborative human service organizations throughout the city, that we refer our clients to for services such as mental health, substance use treatment, medical healthcare, day care, legal and employment training. We offer homeless youth and families free bilingual and culturally sensitive case management, housing advocacy, and homeless prevention services. In addition, we provide community access to a computer lab, a clothing closet, food donations, phone and fax along with counseling and life-goal planning. Through the generosity of individual donors, La Casa Norte makes available gently used clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Casa Corazon is a homeless youth engagement program that works with youth who are experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability in Chicago. Casa Corazon offers outreach services coupled with a drop-in center and case management resources, to help move youth from the streets and into stable housing, employment and educational achievement.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is more than a great service agency. It captures and embodies the spirit and potential of each and every one of its clients. Its staff and leadership inspires its donors and volunteers with the knowledge that they are making a real difference. It is a privilege to know their work and passion.


Rating: 5

The hallmarks of a truly successful nonprofit organization are a committed, talented and thoughtful staff and board of directors. La Casa Norte is led by professionals who have both incredible passion AND expertise, most of which is grounded in the concerns and needs of the communities the agency serves. La Casa Norte's leaders are visionary, dedicated and continually learning and improving the organization and its services. This is an outstanding organization that uses its funding to its fullest potential. We are truly fortunate to have them in Chicago.

Ted G.


Rating: 5

La Casa Norte's history and growth over the last ten years speaks for itself. The organization has grown and matured under Sol Flore's leadership and an always supportive and hard-working board. The most gratifying thing about working with them is that every ounce of effort and passion goes into helping the clients who are served.



Rating: 5

La Casa Norte does truly incredible work and fills a void by providing services to youth and their families. The organization is extraordinarily well run and efficient with their dollars.