StreetLight Chicago launches website companion to free mobile app for homeless youth

Homeless youth and their providers in Chicago now can access StreetLight Chicago using a desktop computer! The free mobile application of resources for homeless youth is accessible on a new website, http://www.streetlightchicago.org

StreetLight Chicago is a database listing resource and healthcare information for homeless youth. It was co-created by the Youth Futures legal aid clinic at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Young Invincibles, with support from the VNA Foundation.

Launched last November as a mobile app, Streetlight Chicago provides youth with a centralized list of drop-in centers, shelters, health clinics, food pantries and more. More than 850 users downloaded the app in its first nine months.

StreetLight also offers an innovative feature called “Book a Bed.” It allows youth who work or attend school at night to reserve a bed at La Casa Norte’s North Side youth shelter, 1940 N. California Avenue.

The new website version is aimed at expanding access to StreetLight’s resources for those without cellphones and makes it easier for service providers to work with youth clients.

“Just like the app, the StreetLight Chicago website provides up-to-date information on resources critical to young adults in Chicago facing homelessness,” said Erin Steva, Midwest Director of the Young Invincibles.

“By launching a website, StreetLight Chicago’s reach and impact will drastically expand. The website will allow Chicago Public Schools and social service providers to find youth the supports they need through the mode providers prefer – their computers. Young adults without smart phones will benefit as well, ensuring broad access to powerful information.”

The creators of Streetlight Chicago plan to further broaden listings to include resources available in suburban Chicago.

Service providers should send any updates for the app to Content Manager Bridget Newsham at streetlightchicago@gmail.com