Sarah’s Circle’s primary goal is to end homelessness for women in Chicago. We provide services to individuals who identify as female and are 18 years of age or older. Our programs utilize the Housing First model, have no barriers to entry, and use a trauma-informed approach. Across programs, Sarah’s Circle staff use best practices and provide case management and supportive services to help women achieve their goals. The programs have three overarching goals:
- Welcome all women with safety, respect, and community
- Support women’s growth in all aspects of wellness: physical, emotional, life skills, economic, and the realization of their unique potential.
- Help each woman find her home.
Daytime Support Center
Open to any woman in need, the Daytime Support Center provides a safe space, services to meet basic needs, educational and general-interest programming, and case management to help women find permanent housing and increase self-sufficiency.
“We get the help we need: a shower, a locker, we can do laundry and be fed.”View more stories
Interim Housing Program
For women who are currently homeless, the Interim Housing Program is an overnight facility that provides 24-hour access to supportive services. It is designed to transition women into permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Across Chicago there is an urgent need for additional beds as Interim Housing Programs and Emergency Shelters have had to reduce numbers to accommodate social distancing. To address this critical shortage of beds, Sarah’s Circle will be operating an additional Interim Housing Program starting in 2021 while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“It’s like having 49 mums making sure I have my homework done. My case manager will save my meals for me when I come back late from campus. People will check in on me to make sure I have what I need. I got three A’s last quarter—which is a reflection of how Sarah’s Circle has supported me.”View more stories
Permanent Supportive Housing
Sarah’s Circle provides 73 units of Permanent Supportive Housing, offering women safe, private homes and ongoing supportive services to ensure housing retention. This housing model improves outcomes for the most difficult to serve individuals and helps reduce public costs associated with emergency room and shelter use.
“Privacy is important for someone with mental illness. I am constantly checking in with myself, making alterations to my environment… to make sure everything is okay. When I go to my unit, I can have my quiet time… not like at a shelter.”View more stories
New Initiative: Rapid Rehousing
In response to COVID-19, Sarah’s Circle is running a temporary Rapid Rehousing Program. The program is designed to help women within 30 days of their homelessness. They are given temporary housing and assigned a case manager. The case manager works with them to address the cause of their homelessness. The program lasts 12-14 months; and at the end, the women are expected to have found permanent, independent housing.