The Night Ministry, the Chicago-based advocacy for person experiencing homelessness, announced Feb. 22 that its Lake View facility for young adults, the Crib, will likely be leaving for a new location in the Bucktown neighborhood.
Plans are still in the proposal stages for the move, which would allow the organization to have separate facilities for sleeping, eating and relaxing. In the current location, the same space is used for all three activities. Additionally, the new location, at 1735 N. Ashland Ave., would house administrative offices for The Night Ministry. Officials anticipate that client capacity will remain about the same.
The Night Ministry is still seeking the necessary permits for the new location, and the Crib will be at the Lake View location until the Bucktown facility opens.
"The move is about providing the guests whom we serve at The Crib with a more dignified housing experience as called for in our strategic plan," said Paul W. Hamann, president and CEO of The Night Ministry, in a statement. "It will allow us to address challenges we face in the current location, where a single 900-square-foot basement room serves multiple purposes, including dining, sleeping, and relaxing."