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.

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.

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.

meet our team

Staff and Management

Executive Director
Director of Programs
Associate Program Director
Director of Finance
Director of Operations
Director of Development
Housing Navigator
Property Advocate
Operations Associate
Case Manager
Lead Housing Navigator
Case Manager
Grants and Communications Manager
Case Manager
Health Services Manager
Case Manager
Data Administrator
Case Manager
Case Manager
Case Manager
Program Assistant
Program Manager
Case Manager
Early Childhood Specialist
Property Advocate
Housing Navigator
Case Manager
AFC Case Manager
Program Manager

Board Members

Sean Auton, President

Horwood Marcus & Berk

Julie Hamilton, Vice President


Faruk Daudbasic, Treasurer

First Eagle Bank

Michael Richmond, Secretary

The Horton Group

Rev. Douglas Bradshaw, Executive Director

Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Ashwin Avasarala


Bryce Bach

Oliver Wyman

Bibek Das

Chawla & Ravani, P.C.

Chris Hume

Cullen CM

Jennifer Neilsson

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jeff Oskin

J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC

Matthew Tucker

Highmark Health

Stephanie Van Vlerah

Oxford Financial Group, Ltd.

Harish Venkitaramanan

Cisco Systems

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 Chartered
Chicago Wolves
First Eagle Bank
Northern Trust
The Horton Group
Long Grove Confectionary Co.
Pierce Family Foundation
Seyfarth Shaw LLP