June 2020
The Impending Eviction Crisis
As restaurants and stores reopen, Chicagoans are eager to get closer to a life post-pandemic. But alongside this progress looms another crisis, a surge in evictions and subsequent homelessness as eviction moratoriums across the country are lifted. The individuals and families most at-risk of losing their housing are Africans Americans, a group already experiencing disproportionate levels of infection and economic stress because of the pandemic. Within this group single-mothers are specifically susceptible to eviction. At HOW, we know this statistic to be all too true with 77% of our family households being led by Black mothers.

HOW's work spans the entire housing continuum, beginning with homelessness prevention and ending as a housing and services provider. As such, we see the effects systemic and structural racism have played in creating disparities in eviction and housing. According to Professor Matthew Desmond, Founder of the Eviction Lab , it's impossible to "understand the eviction crisis without understanding the history of racism in America and the systematic dispossession of people of color, particularly African Americans."

To hear more from Professor Desmond and learn further about the country's ongoing eviction crisis, its intersection with racial inequity, and the expected surge in evictions, watch "Eviction: America’s Other Epidemic" now.
HOW's 5K Plus Recap - #5Kyourway
Check out our  90-second highlight reel by clicking on the photo above and read a more detailed recap here !
On Sunday, June 7th over 110 HOW supporters across the globe took part in HOW's virtual 5K Plus! In addition to completing their chosen physical challenge, participants helped to crowdfund donations for HOW's Client Stabilization fund. We are thrilled to announce that together we raised almost $50,000.00 ! This would not have been possible without the remarkable efforts of each participant and our generous sponsors: DocuSign Women Chicago, the J. Jill Compassion Fund, and Cubs Charities. Thank you!
Healthy Moms Healthy Kids Findings Report
Healthy Moms Healthy Kids (HMHK) was an innovative cross-sector collaboration between HOW and the Chicago Department of Public Health designed to address health disparities experienced by pregnant and parenting African American women. Upon the program's conclusion, the Center for Urban Research and Learning released a report outlining the project's impact. According to the report, HMHK helped young mothers to develop a deeper understanding of health-related issues, gain better access to healthcare resources and information, reduce emergency room use, and more. You can read the full findings of the report here !
Keep HOW in your Newsfeed!
You may hav e noticed HOW expanded its social media presence in an effort to keep our community more informed and up-to-date regarding our work. If you're interested in learning about HOW's daily happenings or discovering interesting articles, information, an d resources be sure to follow us across all our platforms!
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Essential Supplies Drive-Thru on July 18th!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, HOW clients have experienced the economic, educational, and health hardships in acute ways. Unfortunately, many of our clients have also been hit hard by isolation, lost income, and difficulty in securing basic items. The shortages have lingered longer and the increased costs for cleaning supplies and food items have created a new level of need among those we serve.

To help fill this need, HOW is hosting an Essential Supplies Drive-Thru on July 18th from 10AM to 3PM! We will be collecting toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies and non perishable food items. To see a complete list of needed items, locations, and to learn more about HOW's Essential Supplies Drive-Thru, click here .
You can help more individuals and families secure good homes by supporting Housing Action Illinois' efforts to seal more eviction court records and expand housing opportunities for vulnerable populations. Learn more about this issue and how to endorse their campaign here .
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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