July 2020
HOW UPDATES
New Blog 📄 - The Eviction Crisis
HOW has been providing homelessness prevention alongside housing and services in order to keep families and individuals stably-housed for nearly four decades. Working across the entire housing continuum we have witnessed first hand the relationship between housing instability and homelessness, and the undeniable role eviction plays in this cycle.

HOW's latest blog further discusses the agency's prevention work, the current eviction crisis, its roots in systemic racism, as well as solutions to create a more equitable housing landscape.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Essential Supplies Drive-Thru
HOW is hosting an Essential Supplies Drive-Thru on July 18th from 10AM to 2PM at locations across Chicagoland (and online via Amazon)!

We will be collecting cleaning supplies and nonperishable foods to distribute to clients who have reported significant difficulty securing these items amidst the pandemic. Your donations will ensure HOW clients remain healthy and safe throughout the coming months.

To see a complete list of needed items, locations, and to learn more about HOW's Essential Supplies Drive-Thru, click here .
HOW's second annual Day of Giving will take place on August 25th in honor of the organization's founding 37 years ago. This year's Day of Giving will also include the opportunity to engage on a topic that intersects with HOW's work. We will be coordinating small, virtual or socially distanced gatherings to explore the eviction crisis, its roots in systemic racism and housing inequity, and the pandemic's amplifying effect.

We are excited to invite you to engage in learning and conversation about this important topic, while also supporting HOW. Resources and guides will be provided to facilitate small group conversations, promote the Day of Giving via your network, and of course help HOW to meet its fundraising goal. We are looking for HOW Ambassadors to help make the day a success by inviting their network to learn and facilitating discussions. Learn more about HOW's Day of Giving and how to get involved here.
WHO WE ARE - HOW PROFILE
Case Manager - Latoya Bell
For Latoya Bell, current HOW Case Manager, it’s the moments of shared understanding with clients and small victories that keep her excited to go to work each day.  Born and raised in Chicago, Latoya’s original career ambition was to help people on a larger scale, “As a child I wanted to be the first female Black mayor of Chicago,” she laughs, “that title is now already taken but I’m still serving my city by doing the work I do.”

Latoya’s dedication to service and love of learning have been two themes present throughout her entire life. Over the years she’s owned and operated a childcare center with her mother and worked in both the health and education sectors.  Latoya joined the HOW team in 2019 as a Case Manager working with single clients in permanent supportive housing helping them to gain stability and achieve personal goals. “I’ve been a helper since I was little,” she recalls, “and every day at HOW I use my positivity and share wisdom to help clients get beyond their past and look towards the future.” In only a year Latoya has had a measurable impact and is known for her kindness and consistency. She credits her positive relationships with her clients to humility. “Never look down on anyone or think you’re above someone” she says, “we all come together to make this world.” 

Outside of work Latoya is active at her church as the Youth Director, enjoys spending time with her family, and hopes she can get back to traveling around the country to visit friends in the future.  
LEARNING AND ADVOCACY
The National Alliance to End Homelessness released its annual State of Homelessness Report for 2020 . The report looks at homelessness across the country and by state using data gathered from HUD's Annual Point-In-Time count conducted in January. The report will be used a baseline for measuring homelessness before the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the country's immense lack of affordable housing and its detrimental effects to citizens' health and safety. To learn more about this evolving crisis check out Vox's recent article: America’s looming housing catastrophe, explained .
Empowering individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Since 1983, HOW has been a leader in permanent solutions to homelessness. Through prevention strategies; expanded, affordable, supportive housing; and individualized support services we have helped thousands take back their lives. 
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