A report from the Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE). The CHHRGE Report shares lessons learned and resources developed by a team of healthcare professionals and homeless service providers, including Franciscan Outreach, who convened in mid-March 2020 to address the impact of COVID-19 on the health of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago.…

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The Chicago Sun-Times interviews a Franciscan Outreach guest and Executive Director Richard Ducatenzeiler as it draws attention to at-risk people experiencing homelessness and concerns for their safety as the city’s isolation hotels are filled to capacity. Read the full article

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Political Editor Craig Dellimore of At Issue on WBBM Newsradio interviews Franciscan Outreach Executive Director Richard Ducatenzeiler and Doug Schenkelberg of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. They talk about many of the critical issues people who are homeless face each day. They also discuss what the City of Chicago is doing and what everyday…

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Andre Allen likes to spread joy with his bubbles as he welcomes visitors on Chicago tour boats. See WGNTV news story. Andre is also a guest of the Franciscan Outreach shelter in Pilsen where he has a safe place to sleep each night, three meals a day and support from a dedicated case manager. Click…

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Study Identifies Barriers to Housing for Long-Term Shelter Stayers Franciscan Outreach serves more than 7,600 of our city’s most vulnerable residents throughout the year. Through daily interactions with guests at our five service sites across Chicago, we noticed a growing trend of people staying at our two largest shelters for extensive periods of time. In…

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Franciscan Outreach Sells Property & Moves to Pilsen In 2018, we announced that the Franciscan Outreach Board of Directors made a strategic decision to sell the organization’s property at 1645 W. LeMoyne, known as the Marquard Center. Over the years, Wicker Park has become increasingly gentrified. As a result, the number of guests served at…

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