Community Service Centers


Community Service Centers help individuals and families in need access a wide range of resources from shelter, food and clothing to domestic violence assistance, job training/placement and services for the formerly incarcerated. Clients can also get information about rental, utility and other financial assistance programs. The centers also serve as warming and cooling centers during periods of extreme weather. Centers hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CSBG Scholarship Information

The CSBG Scholarship Program helps low-income Chicagoans finance higher education. Students enrolled in an Illinois college, university or vocational training program may qualify for a CSBG Scholarship.

Case Management Services

It is not enough to place homeless people in housing without providing services that address the reasons they became homeless. Residents in crisis need support to ensure they don’t fall victim to the same issues that left them homeless in the first place.

Community Service Center Locations

Community Service Centers are open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. City residents who need assistance can drop in or schedule an appointment in advance.

Cooling Areas

Extreme warm temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to health and safety. The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents weather the summer months.

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)

The Rental Assistance Program provides rent and rent arrears payment for individuals and families that are in immediate risk of eviction.

Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Division on Domestic Violence in the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and other victim serving agencies in Chicago are important in the effort to respond to family violence.

Services for formerly incarcerated

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services’ Community Reentry Support Centers can assist formerly incarcerated residents in achieving self-sufficiency while successfully reintegrating into local communities.

Warming Areas

When temperatures are at 32 degrees or below – warming areas are available at the City’s six community service centers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Weather Relief

While Chicago enjoys the diversity of four distinct seasons, our winters and summers can produce extreme temperatures. At times, weather conditions may pose a threat to health and safety. The Department of Family and Support Services works with other city departments to help residents through periods of severe weather.