Walking Our Way Home sounds like a movie from the early 1900’s. Well, it’s not. It is, in fact, a goal-centered program designed to assist homeless individuals in retaining housing.
The name for the program grew from the acknowledgment of the guests served on a day to day basis. Some of the clients walk as far as 8 miles to receive services offered daily to the many guests of Matthew House, ranging from grooming to two balanced meals a day.
While some agencies only focus on providing meals, clothing, or a place to sleep overnight and many have closed, Matthew House continues to be one of the only Daytime Supportive Services Center serving a non-gender specific population which continue to move clients beyond survival and into progress which a continues goal of assisting all to find more permanent solutions. This happened through our onsite Case managers who provide and link clients to services provided by our organization or one of its community partners who specialized in clients needs such as substance or alcohol abuse, health care, mental health services, job training or job readiness services and permanent supportive housing.
Matthew House currently provides 63 units of permanent supportive housing scattered site housing. In 2018, Matthew House will increase our scattered site housing by adding 12 additional units’ for men and women who are experiencing homelessness.
Matthew House was chosen by the City of Chicago to assist Mayor Richard Daley in his 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Through this plan the Mayor seeks to house the over 6,000 (according to one night count of the City’s homeless population in January 2007) Chicago citizens who are now homeless. With the plan in mind, Matthew House is opening its first housing project known as The Herman Jenkins Transitional Housing. This building is located in the Bronzeville Community just south of Downtown Chicago, and It is expected to open by the summer of 2010. The project will house at least 20 men who are considered “chronically homeless.”