The move to a new facility in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood will enhance the quality and improve the efficiency of the services we provide every year to thousands of our city’s must vulnerable residents while supporting ongoing innovation in our programs.
1735 North Ashland will be the new home for The Crib, our overnight shelter for young adults, as well as our Health Outreach Bus program and central administration. Our target move-in date is spring 2020.
The Crib provides safe, supportive shelter for young adults ages 18 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness. The program will relocate from its currently facility in Lakeview to 1735 North Ashland.
The Night Ministry’s Health Outreach Bus brings free health care, food, clothing, and supportive services directly to seven underserved Chicago neighborhoods six days a week. The Night Ministry’s Outreach & Health Ministry staff will relocate from 4711 North Ravenswood Avenue to 1735 North Ashland.
The Night Ministry’s headquarters will move from 4711 North Ravenswood to 1735 North Ashland to accommodate increased operations which are critical to supporting innovation and growth in our programs.
Renovations are currently underway at 1735 North Ashland, and we plan to move in during the spring of 2020. The Crib and the Outreach & Health Ministry’s programs, including the Health Outreach Bus, will continue to operate throughout the transition.
In the meantime, as our lease at 4711 North Ravenswood expired on December 31, 2019, we have transitioned our Health Outreach staff and Central Administration out of Ravenswood and into a temporary home at Edgewater Presbyterian Church. Please note the following during this transition period:
Our transition has been designed to have minimal impact on those whom we serve. The Health Outreach Bus, Street Medicine Program, and our Youth Housing Programs will continue to run as usual.
The Night Ministry estimates the cost of the move and renovation of 1735 North Ashland, for which it has signed a multi-year lease, will be $5.6 million. It also projects an additional need of $1.7 million for capacity building and sustainability for the first three years of operation at the new building, as rent, utility, and occupancy costs will be greater than its current locations for The Crib and administrative offices.