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New Moms Oak Park Center & Clare Place – FAQ

With our new New Moms Oak Park Center & Clare Place now open, we know you all probably have some questions about just how this all works! See below to get the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What is New Moms?  What do you do at New Moms?

Founded more than 35 years ago, New Moms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving young families experiencing housing insecurity.  Headquartered at 5317 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago, we serve young families from the city and surrounding suburbs.  New Moms provides housing, job training, and family support to equip young women who are breaking through barriers to their success.

Where is your Oak Park office?

In March 2019 we will close our office located at 405 Euclid, and reopen in our brand new 21,700 square foot facility at 206 Chicago Avenue.  Our general hours of operation will be between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

What services will be offered at New Moms Oak Park?

In our new facility we will continue to offer doula services, prenatal classes, parent support, and home visiting.  We will also add job training and support, as well as 18 units of permanent supportive housing.

Is New Moms located near public transportation? Where can I park my car?

The CTA’s green and blue lines make several stops in the Oak Park area, connecting to multiple CTA and Pace bus stops within walking distance of the location.  The nearest bus stops include (CTA 66, 86, 91) and Pace (309, 313, and 314).  Ample street parking is available in front of the building as well as on surrounding residential blocks.

Can you tell me more about New Moms housing in Oak Park? 

The first floor of New Moms Oak Park building includes office space for staff, meetings and educational programs.  The 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors have 18 beautifully designed one and two bedroom apartments, dedicated for young families. The residential side of the building has been named Clare Place, in honor of a generous contribution from the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters.  The name Clare Place was inspired by St. Clare of Assisi who devoted her life to the Franciscan values of respect, compassion, service, and integrity, among others.

Who will be living there?  How is NM Oak Park housing different than NM housing in Chicago?

Clare Place apartments at New Moms in Oak Park, are permanent supportive units.  Once families are housed there, they can stay as long as needed to achieve long-term stability.  Similar to New Moms apartments in Chicago, Clare Place residents will be offered housing, coaching and supportive services focused on education, employment, life skills, health and well-being.

In Chicago, New Moms provides transitional housing for young mothers ages 18-24 and their small children, experiencing housing insecurity.  Serving up to 40 moms and 50 children, families are able to live in apartments for a maximum of two years. In addition to housing resident are offered coaching, supportive services focused on education, employment, life skills, health and well-being.

How can I apply for an apartment in Oak Park?  Chicago?

We do not accept applications, nor do we maintain a waitlist at New Moms for housing. We will partner with other organizations in Oak Park to fill our open units with residents.

I need immediate housing help, where can I go?

In Oak Park you can call the Suburban Cook Call Center at 877-426-6515. In Chicago dial 3-1-1.