Deborah's Place

We open doors of opportunity for women experiencing homelessness

Chicago, IL   |  www.deborahsplace.org

Mission

Deborah's Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.

Ruling year info

1987

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Audrey Thomas

Main address

2822 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60612 USA

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EIN

36-3382973

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At any given time, more than 1,500 unaccompanied women are homeless in Chicago, living on the streets and in shelters. If we count the number of women doubling up – staying with family or friends or couch-surfing – then that number can be 10 times as high. According to the Heartland Alliance Social Impact Research Center, “Women experiencing homelessness have higher rates of mortality, mental illness, substance use, violent victimization, poor birth outcomes and chronic health conditions such as HIV and hypertension than women who are housed.” Unaccompanied women experiencing homeless are a severely under-served and unacknowledged population, yet 1 in 4 people who are homeless are single women. Deborah’s Place is one of only two organizations in Chicago dedicated to serving unaccompanied women who are homeless.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Permanent Supportive Housing

Deborah's Place provides 441 units of housing for women who have experienced homelessness a year. Safe, stable, permanent housing with voluntary, wrap-around supportive services enable women to recover from homelessness and achieve their self-determined goals.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

Our four-month interim housing program provides up
to 10 women a safe, structured community where women and staff work together to meet goals such as housing, employment, family reunification, improved health and education. Access to case
management, therapeutic, education and employment services enhances opportunities for women to gain housing stability and income, with the goal of finding permanent housing within four months.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

Deborah's Place partners with private landlords to find housing for women experiencing homelessness in the community. Case managers help women stay stably housed while connecting them to community-based resources and supports.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

One of only three Safe Havens remaining in the city of Chicago, Dolores' Safe Haven provides communal housing and 24-hour support for chronically homeless women diagnosed with severe mental illnesses.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Years are calculated on our July-June fiscal year schedule (i.e. 2018 = 7/1/17 through 6/30/18, 2017 through 7/1/16, etc.).

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Years are calculated on our July-June fiscal year schedule (i.e. 2018 = 7/1/17 through 6/30/18, 2017 through 7/1/16, etc.).

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Deborah’s Place opens doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.

Our vision is a community where every woman has housing and leads a safe, healthy and empowered life.

We accomplish our vision in the following ways:

• Providing housing and services to women experiencing homelessness
• Helping women in our housing to maintain their housing
• Empowering women to safely exit our programs to stable housing in the community, when and if they are ready

With two main program sites in Chicago as well as community-based housing located throughout the city, Deborah’s Place programs impact around 370 women annually and include:

• Permanent Supportive Housing: 129 units of permanent supportive housing for women with histories of chronic homelessness, located across two program sites. Permanent supportive housing pairs secure housing with wrap-around supportive services to help women heal from prolonged homelessness.
• Community-Based Housing: 113 subsidized, scattered-site housing units through partnerships with private landlords, located on the North, West and South sides of Chicago. Community-Based Housing provides women with their own apartments and subsidies to keep those apartments, and ongoing case management to help them stay housed and achieve their goals.
• Teresa’s Interim Housing Program: 10-bed short term residential program focused on rapid re-housing. Our only short-term housing program, Teresa’s provides women experiencing homelessness with safe, stable lodging and case management to help women overcome barriers to housing such as eviction records and low credit scores.
• Dolores’ Safe Haven Program: Long-term housing for 15 women who have experienced chronic homelessness, have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, and have been difficult to engage in supportive services. The Safe Haven is one of only four such programs in the city and the only program of its kind specifically for women.

Comprehensive Support Services for Program Residents and Participants

• Case Management and Therapeutic Services: Clinical Services staff help women access services and resources to meet their needs, provide emotional support and assist with the identification and achievement of participants’ goals
• Health Services: Crisis management, health education, healthcare referrals, and assistance with medical/dental expenses
• Education and Life Skills Services: GED tutoring, computer training, budgeting, and other group-based and one-on-one activities through on-site Learning Centers
• Moving On and Alumnae Services: Deborah’s Place offers ongoing assistance including case management, peer support groups, and semi-annual gatherings for former residents of Deborah’s Place.

Deborah’s Place offers well-researched, evidence-based solutions to homelessness. Below find a discussion of three of our core strategies.

Supportive Housing

Research has proven that providing safe, secure housing is the most effective approach to ending homelessness. Supportive housing pairs housing with intensive case management and other services that guide participants to stability and health. Our Housing First approach means that we work with those who are most in need, accepting them as they are and helping them to become the best they can be.

Harm Reduction

This approach is used to improve quality of life for women at any stage of recovery. Our team “meets women where they are at” and works to understand the behaviors that may place them at risk of harm. While usually applied in cases of substance abuse, our staff apply harm reduction to help participants empower themselves to reduce risk in all areas of their lives. Deborah’s Place believes that housing is a human right, and should not be abstinence-based.

Trauma Informed Care

At Deborah’s Place we recognize that many of our participants have experienced high levels of trauma due to the experience of homelessness alone. Our programming is responsive to participants’ needs, and supports control and choice. We work to promote physical and emotional safety throughout our housing programs.

Deborah’s Place is the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago.

Deborah’s Place has been providing for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness for 35 years.

Every year, we achieve over a 97% housing retention rate among our permanent housing residents. These results are among the highest in Chicago and in the nation.

Deborah’s Place provides services that are research-proven and evidence-based. Core tenets of our service model (Housing First, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, serving women who are transgender as well as cisgender, etc.) are based on extensive research, and were adopted by Deborah’s Place long before their acknowledgement by the federal government and disseminated as best practices across the human services landscape.

Deborah’s Place is a leader in homeless services in Chicago. Leadership and staff serve on numerous committees in the Chicago Continuum of Care and help set policy and best practices for the homeless services community as a whole.

Deborah’s Place is award-winning. Over the years, our programs and services have received awards from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Emergency Fund, Presence Health Lakeshore, the Chicago Foundation for Women, the MetLife Foundation and many, many other organizations.

Over our 35-year history, Deborah’s Place has evolved from a small volunteer-run overnight shelter in a church basement to the largest provider of permanent supportive housing for women in Chicago. And we aren’t done growing: over the next five years, Deborah’s Place aims to nearly double the number of women we serve per year.

We have resolved to do this because there are around 2,000 women experiencing homelessness in Chicago right now—and that’s just the number that are in emergency shelters/contacted by street outreach workers. Nearly ten times that number are estimated to be living “doubled-up,” staying with a friend or family due to loss of housing or economic hardship. There is a need for more permanent housing for women recovering from homelessness.

We aim to reach this auspicious goal through the following methods:

• Increasing our housing stock by adding new units and subsidies to current programs, particularly the Community-Based Housing program
• Developing our moving on programming, to help current permanent supportive housing residents move out into the community and make space for new tenants who need higher levels of care
• Identifying resources for new initiatives: housing, capital, service etc.
• Improving our capacity to raise funds from individuals, foundations and corporations
• Investing in board and staff development to ensure achievement of strategic goals

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Deborah's Place

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bruce Traan

CBOE

Term: 2021 - 2022

Pam Boyd

Consumer Advocate

Joanne Hickman Dodd

Capital Group

Jay Raghavan

JRC Advisors, LLC

Rose Wageman

First Eagle Bank

Michelle Cohen

CME Group

Maureen Milner

Marillace St. Vincent Family Services

Carmen Morales

Hub International

Kelli Schrade

Graystone Consulting

Bruce Traan

CBOE

Tamara Alairys

Ernst & Young

Jeremy Bressman

Cushman & Wakefield

Rosie Drumgoole

Chicago Cares

Laura Etchen

Retired

Dr. Zahra Khudeira

Sinai Health Systems

Jean Meilinger

Retired

MJ Zaring

Newcastle Limited

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data