A Safe Haven (ASH), a 25-year-old Chicago-based nonprofit that offers a systems based approach to help address poverty and homelessness by providing supportive housing, behavioral services, education programs and job training and placement. One of our properties housing the most vulnerable was hit by rioters on Saturday night.
ASH Wabash Single Residency Occupancy (SRO) is a 170-apartment unit which houses low income, senior and disabled people. It has a commercial floor that is rented to small business restaurant owners, franchisees and a barber shop.
The non profit SRO relies on the rental income from the commercial tenants to help cover the costs of housing those living in the building and the social services we provide to the vulnerable tenants residing in the building.
The commercial tenants, who were already struggling because of COVID 19, were hit by the rioters who damaged, looted, graffitied, and almost burned to the property to the ground before tenants on site heroically got past the vandals and put the fire out with three fire extinguishers.
We ask the public to donate to ASH’s GoFundMe page to help A Safe Haven continue to provide uninterrupted services to our tenants and to help us pay for their living expenses including food! Due to the riots, there are now no grocery stores open within miles of this location. We hope that through these funds that it will allow us to subsidize the rent of the commercial tenants too, so that they have more time to recover and rebuild.
ASH thanks the public for its generous donations today. It takes one minute to make your donation and keep someone in need safely housed.
More information about A Safe Haven Foundation: A Safe Haven helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose, providing not only food and shelter, but more importantly health, social, educational and job placement tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable mode. A Safe Haven's visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.
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