Housing, Shelter

BEDS, Inc.

EVERYONE deserves a home of their own.

aka BEDS Plus Care, Inc.

LaGrange, IL

Mission

Our mission is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. EVERYONE deserves a home. We provide a comprehensive range of services, which include emergency overnight shelters, daytime support centers, rapid rehousing services, and transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities, and partner with a range of healthcare and social support service providers to meet our clients’ individual needs. All told, since 2012 when we implemented a Housing first strategy we have - worked with 4,000 housing vulnerable clients through our shelter, housing, and support programs; placed more than 1,900 individuals and families in permanent, safe and affordable homes.

Ruling Year

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Tina Rounds

Main Address

9601 Ogden Avenue

LaGrange, IL 60525 USA

Keywords

homeless, homeless services, emergency shelters, housing burdened, low income, poor

EIN

36-3741040

 Number

7267466814

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Homelessness is caused by two things: lack of affordable housing and the complex array of deficits generated by poverty, limited education and poor health. For people whose housing costs exceed more than a third of their income, homelessness is one medical crisis or job loss away. What most people don't realize is that more poor people live in suburbs than in cities today. Suburban homelessness is on the rise. BEDS Plus Care offers shelter for people who are literally homeless, giving them a warm and safe place to stay, meals and the opportunity to work with a case manager to address the problems that led to homelessness. BEDS provides housing assistance and safety net support to help them back on their feet. BEDS helps people who face the immediate threat of homelessness to keep their homes and avoid the downward spiral of becoming homeless. And BEDS provides permanent supportive housing to those who are simply unable to live independently.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Emergency Overnight Shelter

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Count of all clients served, regardless of services. Increase in 2016 reflects FY2016-17 expansion of emergency overnight shelter system.

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

17% of entering FY18 clients were staying temporarily with a family or friend when they sought assistance from BEDS Plus.

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Client numbers reflect acquisition of new shelters in fiscal year 2016-17

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

2017 increase reflects strategic investment of greater case management and financial assistance resources in Fiscal Year 2016-17, based on response to client needs.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of clients receiving services and referrals for mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Increase in 2017 reflects expansion of emergency overnight shelter system in Fiscal Year 2016/17

Number of emergency meals provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

BEDS provides lunch and snacks at two Daytime Support Centers, provides hot dinner, breakfast and bagged lunch to shelter clients, and participates in food rescue to address needs of housed clients.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our MISSION is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. We provide a comprehensive range of services, which include emergency overnight shelters, daytime support centers, rapid rehousing services, and transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities, and partner with a range of healthcare and social support service providers to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our GOALS are to: • Reduce and end homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County • Connect our clients with affordable housing and successfully reintegrate them back into the community. • Make our communities stronger and safer for everyone Our OBJECTIVES are to: • Successfully and efficiently deliver services that stabilize individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness or literally homeless • Reintegrate homeless individuals and families back into their communities as contributing members. Our VISION is to end homelessness.

BEDS Plus Care follows the proven strategies identified by decades of research conducted by HUD and independent research conducted by housing advocates and academics. In 2012, BEDS adopted a Housing First strategy, transforming the agency from primarily a local provider of emergency overnight shelter to a regional partner delivering the entire spectrum of services to reduce and end homelessness. These include Rapid Rehousing, which emphasizes housing as the first step in treating homelessness, accompanied by safety net supports, to move people to independence. Permanent Supportive Housing recognizes the needs of highly vulnerable homeless who cannot live independently and rely disproportionately on emergency services for their needs. Transitional Housing helps people, such as victims of domestic violence, who need a year of intense support before they are ready to succeed in Rapid Housing. Homelessness Prevention stops the harm caused by homelessness before it starts.

We have successfully secured a healthy mix of public and private support to strategically add staff and implement best practices in ending and preventing homelessness. As a result, BEDS has been able to help more clients each year; the number of clients served annually has grown exponentially since 2012 when BEDS was still primarily a homeless shelter organization. In our last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2018, we served 920 clients and secured permanent housing for 152 households.

We measure progress by the number of "return customers" we see and by the number of individuals and families we house. At the present time, less than 20% of our clients return following their exit from our housing and prevention programs. We would like to see that number decrease to less than 10%. Last year, 73% of our clients were permanently housed upon program exit or temporarily housed and well on their way to permanent housing. We are implementing a staffing strategy that pairs specialists with case managers who handle the main line service needs, including housing, benefits and employment assistance, and teaching life skills. Specialists include an RN who provides health care coordination for our clients and two substance abuse specialists who provide counselling, run support groups, and provide the intensive one-on-one care that addicts need in order to recover. We also have added staff to follow up with clients and improve their likelihood of success.

Expansion of our Emergency Overnight Shelter System in 2017 from 7 to 19 shelters and capacity to shelter 60 guests per night - twice our prior capacity. Opening of a purpose built permanent supportive housing unit, Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing, with 20 single occupancy units for chronically homeless, highly vulnerable adults. Acquisition of transitional housing stock, LaGrange Area Transitional Housing, dedicated to low income, housing insecure families with a child who has a disability. Acquisition of a new single site permanent supportive housing building that will add 13 units to the current stock of 50 single and scattered site housing units. In all, our efforts have meant that 920 clients, the largest number to date, are benefiting from shelter services, safety net supports, and housing assistance and individualized case management - a substantial contribution to reducing and ending homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No