Agency Emergency Fund reactivated

Image courtesy of the Night Ministry

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presents deep challenges across society – including those who work to address homelessness.

In December, Paul Hamann, President and CEO of The Night Ministry, sent a message to The Night Ministry’s Board noting the seriousness of the situation. “For nearly two years, direct service organizations have continued to provide life-saving services to the most vulnerable in our city, and this sector is not immune to the multiple pressures of ongoing pandemic, staffing shortages, burnout and fatigue,” he wrote. In addition, agencies continue to face unusual expenses related to the pandemic, such as the cost of PPE.

In response, All Chicago is partnering with Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness (CFTEH) to reactivate the Chicago COVID-19 Homeless System Agency Emergency Fund. In 2020, this fund provided emergency assistance to All Chicago’s partner agencies, focused on immediate and unanticipated needs during the early stages of the pandemic.

The effort was sparked by Hamann’s message, which was circulated to a variety of organizations and people. Northern Trust responded with the idea of reactivating the Agency Emergency Fund. The Chicago-based financial firm committed to funding a new round of grants to support homeless system agencies and reached out to other potential funders. In a matter of weeks, CFTEH mobilized more than $850,000 in funds, from donors including the Cuore e Mani Foundation, the Waterton Philanthropic Fund, Denis Pierce, the Pierce Family Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Owens Foundation, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

The reactivated fund, managed by All Chicago, will distribute grants ranging between $10,000 to $15,000. Flexible funding can support costs related to temporary housing, outreach, transportation, food, supplies, facility modification or expansion, technology, staffing, or other demonstrated costs related to the pandemic.

Join us on October 7th for Breakfast with All Chicago!

Breakfast with All Chicago

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9:00 am

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual Breakfast with All Chicago!

If you missed the live event on October 7th, you can still view the recording over on our YouTube channel:

Follow along with our Virtual Program Booklet!

If you would like to support the Breakfast, you can make your donation here.

Mayor Lightfoot to Deliver Special Remarks on October 7th

We are thrilled to announce that Mayor Lori Lightfoot will join the lineup of speakers at Breakfast with All Chicago in just two weeks. On Wednesday, October 7th, Mayor Lightfoot will deliver special remarks about the work being done in Chicago and announce a new initiative to reduce homelessness in the city. Join us to hear about her administration’s priorities. You won’t want to miss it!

About Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago. Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics and good governance reforms, worker protection legislation, and closing a record $838 million budget gap, as well as key investments in education, public safety and financial stability. Mayor Lightfoot also placed Chicago on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2021.

Help us honor our two award winners who are making a difference ending homelessness in Chicago:

Peter Vilim
Norman H. Stone Award

Chicago Homelessness and Health Response Group for Equity (CHHRGE)
System Impact Award

Breakfast with All Chicago is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Knight Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

Jim & Kay Mabie

Gold Sponsors

Denis & Martha Pierce

Lisa Stone Pritzker Family

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

GF Foundation

Leasing & Management Co.

Mark and Tracey Hennessy

Judi Haberman Stern

Alan and Joan Stone Charitable Fund

Friend Sponsors

Joel & Lori Haberman

Dr. Richard & Valerie Nierenberg & Family

In memory of Paul & Lola Vranas

Supporter Sponsors

Conroy Family

Linda Kallas

*Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000 and provide a variety of benefits. Contact Melissa Anson at or 312-379-0301 ext. 127 for more information.