Facing Forward


Why do we face forward?

Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. We turn our backs on homelessness and position ourselves to envision what’s next. We break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. We know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Without critical needs like food and housing met, it is difficult for people to address other issues related to health and safety, creating a chronic, often generational, problem. Our goal is to break this cycle by connecting people to permanent housing first. Once that essential housing need is met, we offer voluntary services. We partner with the individual and their family to create a unique portfolio of supportive services to help them meet their goals. This might include health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, education and job training. Led by the client, we serve as a foundation to help connect and guide their journey toward self-sufficiency.

Over the past five years, 85 percent of our clients have changed their lives and ended their cycle of homelessness. They have pride in their home. They receive health care that improves their quality of life. They earn high school degrees and excel in college programs. And their children thrive.

meet our team

Staff and Management

Executive Director
Director of Programs
Clinical Program Manager
Grants and Communications Manager
Director of Finance
Director of Operations
Bookkeeper and Development Associate
Director of Development
Development Intern
Housing Navigator
Case Manager
Lead Housing Navigator
Case Manager
Property Advocate
Case Manager
Case Manager
Case Manager
Administrative Assistant, Data Specialist
Case Manager
Case Manager
Property Advocate
Case Manager
Case Manager
Office Manager
Employment Navigator
Case Manager
MSW Intern
MSW Intern
BSW Intern

Board Members

Sean Auton


Faruk Daudbasic

Vice President

Michael Richmond


Peter Yastrow


Rev. Douglas Bradshaw

Executive Director

Ashwin Avasarala

Bibek Das

Brooke Filas

Julie Hamilton

Kelsey Kapolnek

Linda Lamb

Harish Venkitaramanan

Clifford McCue

Ragoth Bala

Booth Fellow

Sherri McHenry

Timothy O'Connor

Booth Fellow

Jennifer Neilsson

James Novak

Our Partners

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Rush University Medical Center
Interfaith Housing Development Corporation
Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
Returning Sisters, a program of Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
Center for Changing Lives
Helping Her Live, a program of Sinai Health System
Metropolitan Family Services
Share Our Spare
Salvation Army Freedom Center
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Horwood Marcus & Berk
Chicago Wolves
First Eagle Bank
The Horton Group
First Bank of Highland Park
Laboratory Corporation of America
Rush University Medical Center
Seyfarth Shaw
PEARL Mortgage, Inc.