Marah’s Permanent Supportive Housing: Embracing Change for a Sustainable Future

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Marah’s Permanent Supportive Housing: Embracing Change for a Sustainable Future

After 20 years at the St. Alphonsus convent at 1456 N. Oakdale in Lakeview, the Marah’s program is making a change.  This year, we will be transitioning the 30 residents of Marah’s into community-based housing—a move that benefits both the women and Deborah’s Place. Follow the journey of Marah’s and see how you can be a part of the future.

1988

1988

Staff and residents outside  Marah’s on Noble.
Marah’s, the transitional housing program of Deborah’s Place, opens at 1110 N. Noble with a five-year HUD contract. The program could house 22 women for up to two years.

1997

1997

Exterior of  1456 W. Oakdale

Deborah’s Place isn’t able to renew their lease at Noble Street. They look to rent the St. Alphonsus convent at 1456 W. Oakdale.
Deborah’s Place partners with Lakeview Action Coalition and United Power for Action & Justice to gain community support for moving the Marah’s program to the neighborhood.

1998

1998

Alderman Ted Matlock, 32nd Ward at Grand Opening ceremony

Chicago Board of Appeals approves zoning for the Marah’s transitional housing program to move to the St. Alphonsus convent. Process of preparing for renovation begins.

1999

1999

Former Executive Director, Sr. Pat Crowley at the Open House.

With renovations complete, celebrates with a dedication and Open House of the newly rehabbed building for Marah’s at 1456 W. Oakdale.

The program will house 30 women in a transitional housing program. Program relocation is complete by October 1999.

2006

2006

Donna, resident at Marah’s

Marah’s is converted from transitional housing to permanent supportive housing for women with disabilities. With this conversion, Deborah’s Place becomes fully aligned with the City of Chicago’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

2018

2018

The board announces approval to end the lease at 1456 W. Oakdale and transition all 30 residents to community based housing.

This will allow residents to move from the current facility, where they live in single rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, to their own apartments with their own private kitchens and baths.

The Moving On Fund is announced as a way to ensure that each woman has the furniture, housewares and supplies she needs to be successful in her new home.

You are critical to the next stage in the Marah’s timeline

There are significant costs to move each woman into community-based housing and provide her with everything she needs to successfully live independently—furniture, household goods, personal care items. Will you help us do this?

We have created a Moving On Fund to ensure we have enough resources to not only house the 30 women currently in the Marah’s Program, but those to come.
And, if we reach our goal of $10,000, Sammons Financial Group will contribute an additional $5,000!

That’s right…your gift will be matched up to 50%, increasing your impact on women’s lives.

Please consider making a gift today to help women move on from the trauma of homelessness and live more independent lives. Click here to donate now!

Thank you for your generous support!