Mission AND VISION
LPCS brings communities together to empower individuals facing homelessness and poverty to secure stable housing and make sustainable life changes.
We work on the basis of accountability. LPCS staff, Guests, volunteers, stakeholders, and donors are a micro-community with common interests and goals that hold each responsible to the other.
Together, we work within Lincoln Park Community Services and with the larger community to ensure our members receive the support, respect, and understanding they need to empower their lives.
- We will provide a holistic continuum of services that removes barriers and increases self-sufficiency.
- We will be a leader and innovator in creating solutions to homelessness in our community.
- We believe that every person in our community has a stake in and can contribute to ending homelessness.
LPCS is primarily privately funded, supported largely by community donations. Truly a community-based organization, LPCS has always been operated by the pool of more than 1,500 volunteers each year who serve our community in a variety of ways.
Homelessness in Chicago
In 2016, the City of Chicago released a report stating that on January 26th, 2016, 5,889 individuals are homeless in the limits of Chicago. 21% of these were not staying in shelters.
Homelessness effects individuals and families across all genders, ethnicities, and age. Not all are unemployed, they simply can’t afford Chicago’s rents. Many are veterans. Many are victims of domestic violence.
All need the support and love from the communities they live and work in.
That’s where we step in.
Facts Behind the Faces
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless’s report provides national, state, and local statistics and data about affordable housing, family status of homeless households, living wage jobs, tax inequality, un- and under-employment, the poverty rate, and other exacerbating factors that feed into and exacerbate homelessness. Facts Behind the Faces
The City of Chicago’s point-in-time count and survey of Chicago’s homeless population in January 2017. City of Chicago Homeless Survey
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless FAQ page about current status of Chicago’s homeless population and on going effort to address the issue. FAQ
We strive to make a difference in as many lives as possible. See how well we’re doing in our Annual Reports.
In 1985, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimated that 25,000 people would be homeless in Chicago. Concerned neighbors in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago got together to discuss a way to help homeless people in their community.
A partnership was formed with four neighboring churches: the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, St. Clement Catholic Church, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.
On February 12, 1985, Lincoln Park Community Services opened its doors to a handful of homeless neighbors.
Since its inception, LPCS has grown immensely . The churches continued to provide not only sleeping facilities, but kitchen facilities, showers, storage rooms, laundry areas, and offices. A meal program was added, our capacity increased, and social services were offered to help guests return to self-sufficiency.
In May 1999, LPCS made the transition from a seasonal shelter (operating only during the months of October-May) to offering continuous support throughout the entire year.
In June 2007, renovations to our facilities in the basement of the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church were completed. This allowed LPCS to offer 24hr services and improved living and program space for 35 Guests.
In July 2013, a program placing residents into permanent houses through Chicago’s Central Referral System was launched. By December 2013, all 15 units were filled!
On Friday, February 12, 2015 LPCS celebrated 30 years of service.
We are looking forward to expanding our services in the future, and having an even larger impact in our community.