Matthew House is a nonprofit community based organization that provides food, shelter, housing, and supportive services to needy men, women and children who are homeless. Matthew House is celebrating 25 years of providing homeless services to individuals who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. We are located in the Bronzeville/Douglas community of Chicago at 3722-28 South Indiana Avenue – Chicago, IL 60653.
Our records continue to demonstrate that proximately 70% or more of the population served by Matthew House are chronically homeless, and at least 50% have been homeless for 5 to 10 years. As a result of observing our population trends, our Executive Director was able to initiate a study completed by the Mayor's office which confirmed our observation that the face of homelessness in Chicago has changed.
Matthew House offers daytime supportive services to a non-gender specific population as we are currently the only safe haven for homeless individuals on the South Side of Chicago. Matthew House fulfills its mission by first addressing emergency needs such as food, daytime shelter, clothing, showers, and assisting clients in finding overnight shelter. Once emergency needs have been met, our case management staff works with clients to address the long-term needs such as housing, employment, health and social support needs. For example, our core program services include:
- Scattered Site Housing for the Homeless
- Emergency Homeless Services
- Case Management and Supportive Services
- Job Readiness and Placement
- Scattered Site Permanent Supportive Housing
- Our emergency service program includes two meals a day, access to shower and grooming, change of clothes, access to a mailing address and other basic homeless services.
Matthew House case management services addresses our client's social service needs such as replacing state ID, assistance in completing various applications geared to assist clients end their plight with homelessness as quickly as possible. All Matthew House clients can access our computer Learning Center which supports our job readiness and job placement programs. The Learning Center consists of daily testing and skills assessment, tutoring, and computer literacy classes. Matthew House has aligned itself with linkage partners for specialty services such as mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence matters.
Matthew House offers scattered site permanent supportive housing for men and women throughout Chicago that offer safety and independence for the population we serve. In addition, each of our residents is given personalized support services from one of our case managers as well as access to the Learning Center, health service and employment assistance.