Permanent Housing

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Deborah’s Place offers permanent supportive housing for women in all three of our locations. In addition, more than 50 units of scattered-site housing throughout Chicago offer safety and independence for women. Each of our residents receives personalized support from a case manager, as well as access to Learning Centers, health services, and employment assistance.

All three permanent housing programs are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In-kind donations can be dropped off at any location.

Our Permanent Housing Programs

Rebecca Johnson Apartments
2822 W Jackson Blvd.

The Rebecca Johnson Apartments mark the end of homelessness for 90 women who reside in studio apartments. Half of these units are designated for women with disabilities.

Rebecca Johnson, a former participant, personified the struggles, spirit, defeats and victories of the women Deborah’s Place serves. She was one of the first women of Deborah’s Place to move into housing. She maintained that housing from 1990 until her death in December of 1997. We believe that naming the apartments after Rebecca Johnson is a fitting tribute to her determination and perseverance.

Marah’s Permanent Housing Program
1456 W Oakdale Ave.

In Marah’s Permanent Housing Program, 30 women with disabilities live in dormitory housing with shared bathrooms.

The name Marah means “bitter herb” and comes from the Old Testament story of Naomi. When famine took the lives of Naomi’s husband and sons, Naomi decided to return to her homeland. After her long and arduous journey, her kinswomen gathered around her and said, “Look, it is Naomi returned.” Naomi responded, “Do not call me Naomi, call me Marah, for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me.” Like Marah, women who stay at Marah’s have experienced much bitterness, grief and loss in their lives, but have demonstrated strength.

Patty Crowley Apartments
1530 N Sedgwick Ave.

The Patty Crowley Apartments provide a permanent home for 39 women with disabilities in private studio or shared bath apartments.

Patty Crowley is one of the original founding mothers of Deborah’s Place. Throughout her life, she was an active leader in social justice advocacy and a long-term, generous supporter of Deborah’s Place. The Deborah’s Place Board named these apartments in honor of Patty’s 90th birthday.