CHICAGO – As part of continued efforts to end homelessness on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side, state Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, is highlighting recently directed state funding that will support new outreach case manager and housing locator positions through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) out of its Portage Cragin Counseling Center.
“To best support our longtime homeless on the far Northwest side, we need a targeted local investment so people can get support in their own community vs. referrals to far off neighborhoods. To have a shot at ending homelessness, we can’t overlook the far Northwest side where many neighbors struggle with access to mental health support, substance use disorder treatment and transitional housing. This new funding is a responsible investment to help local organizations connect with those in need,” LaPointe said. “These new positions with LSSI will immediately boost our efforts to provide care and support for unhoused individuals, many of whom were born and raised in the area. I am grateful to Senator Rob Martwick for partnering to secure this investment.”
“LSSI hopes that through increased partnership and coordination, coupled with this solution-based funding, that those experiencing housing instability and homelessness in our community can be better served. We offer many of the services these individuals need, and have strong collaborations with other community social service providers, so we are confident we can connect people to the appropriate supports to assist them,” said Ruth Jajko, LSSI Chief Operating Officer. “LSSI seeks to serve the whole person, and our work here reflects this value.”
LaPointe is encouraging qualified residents to check out the open positions, including the Outreach Case Manager role that will provide outreach, engagement and case management services to unhoused individuals in Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Old Irving Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The position will include supportive counseling and collaboration with treatment providers. An online application link that includes additional information on the role can be found at https://jobs.jobvite.com/lssi/job/oDI7nfwz.
Another available position, the Housing Locator role, will focus on securing relationships with local landlords and management companies, maintaining a list of housing options and developing a strong knowledge of area housing resources. Applications are being accepted online at https://www.lssi.org/careers/open-positions/?jobviteiframe=job%2FoMH7nfwH.
An Outreach Case Manager – Team Lead position is also open, and can be found online at https://www.lssi.org/careers/open-positions/?jobviteiframe=job%2FoUJ7nfwR.
“Our homeless service system has long been under-resourced, which is why this funding is an encouraging and needed step in the right direction,” LaPointe said. “Our office regularly engages with the grassroots groups and people working to combat homelessness in our area and is able to assist residents if they need help accessing services. Residents can contact us at Info@RepLaPointe.com or 773-647-1174.”