It’s normal for students to stress about many things — like finals, for instance — but housing shouldn’t be one of them. As winter break approaches, many students are stressed about where they’re going to sleep. In Chicago, an estimated 4,477 people are experiencing homelessness— with 73 percent of the population being African Americans.  

According to the City of Chicago’s 2021 Homeless PIT Count & Survey Report, the total number of unaccompanied youths counted in 2021 was 213. Of those unaccompanied youth tallied, nearly all the sheltered and unsheltered youth were between 18 and 24 years of age, and that’s the typical age group for college students. Among the reasons for homelessness include mental health, financial hardships, loss of family support, and more.

If you, or someone you know, are at risk of experiencing homelessness, here are six resources ranging from rental assistance and temporary and long-term housing in Chicago.