NORTHWEST COMPASS is committed to helping end the cycle of youth homelessness with HYPE: a new coordinated system adopting new methods of providing existing services through better alignment of housing resources, education, training and employment services, as well as an array of supportive services.

  • Client-centered assessment and case management.
  • Provide secure storage for mail and small belongings plus virtual storage for electronic files.
  • Address basic needs including food, limited transportation resources, clothing vouchers, school supplies and hygiene items.
  • Housing counseling including shelter, financial assistance, transitional living, permanent supportive housing, and rental assistance.
  • Facilitate metriculation by coordinating education needs.
  • Individualized career coaching to improve employment outcomes.
  • Financial coaching to facilitate awareness of finances for sound decision making through every stage of life.
  • Life Skills groups focus on health, safety, coping skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle and healthy relationships.
  • Community involvement gives the youth the opportunity to engage through volunteering.
  • Raise awareness, expand outreach, create trust and initiate effective engagement with early intervention to help break the cycle of youth homelessness in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.
  • Tailor and improve supportive services to address the unique needs of homeless and vulnerable youth.
  • Make education, training and resources available to help young adults build a solid foundation for success and achieve their full potential.
  • Match effective, culturally appropriate intervention, thereby reducing risk and strengthening protective factors.
  • Coordinate comprehensive community response and collaborate among systems to create affiliate sites.

One of the most pressing issues facing homeless and/or vulnerable youth aged 18-24 is a lack of storage/personal space for important documents and artifacts. Thanks to the Youth Storage Initiative grant, Northwest Compass is excited to expand its supportive services for its HYPE (Helping Youth on the Path to Empowerment) Program by installing 30 locker units, 3 large storage bins, and a washer and dryer. These new amenities will allow Northwest Compass to further assist young adults in securing a safe place for their belongings while continuing to stabilize their lives.

NORTHWEST COMPASS HYPE services are offered free of charge to eligible clients. Training is available and volunteers are needed.


HYPE aims to address the gap in service for the often invisible but growing population of youth experiencing personal, economic and housing instability. If you would like to help us support our neighbors in the Northwest suburbs through crisis, please Donate today. Northwest Compass is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact givingback@NorthwestCompass.org or visit our Get Involved page to learn about available opportunities.


Please contact info@NorthwestCompass.org or call +1 847 392 2344 today.

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