Homelessness and housing instability greatly impact a student’s ability to stay in school. Phoenix Hall is a year-round residence serving students from North Lawndale College Prep High School (NLCP) by providing safe and stable dorm-like housing for the achievement of their educational goals. Students may qualify to live at Phoenix Hall if they are experiencing homelessness or housing instability and are currently attending NLCP. Potential residents are often recommended by their teachers or school counselors, and NLCP students who wish to find out more should contact a teacher or counselor for more information.
Phoenix Hall is staffed around the clock with experienced adult professionals trained in positive youth development. The residence features individual bedrooms, shared living spaces, meals, and study space. Residents of the eight-bedroom home, which is located within close proximity to both NLCP campuses, receive a comprehensive range of services, including individualized case management, life skills development, and a focus on educational support and job and college readiness training. Students and their families are also connected to a supportive network of services in the community.
Phoenix Hall is collaborative effort among NLCP, The Night Ministry, Old St. Patrick’s Church, and several community-based organizations. NLCP provides vision and student leaders to help inform the design of the program. The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides housing, health care, and human connection to individuals experiencing homelessness, operates and staffs the residence. Empower to Succeed, an independent nonprofit of Old St. Patrick’s Church, provided funding for renovation of the house as well as initial operating expenses. Meanwhile, Youth Outreach Services provides case management within school to students and families identified as needing services.