Northwest Compass is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization that has provided programs to the moderate and low income populations in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago in Cook County for more than 35 years. Its mission has been to enhance the community by providing emergency services, education, and empowerment which foster personal responsibility for those that are vulnerable or in crisis. Our programs strive to positively impact the lives of our clients and is in three major categories – Stabilization, Empowerment and Housing. Northwest Compass provides comprehensive assessment, brief crisis intervention, counseling and assistance to people experiencing housing instability or homelessness by connecting them to housing options, resources and various supportive services. These include access to our in-house food pantry – including meat, vegetables and fruits, linkage to mainstream benefits, career coaching and job readiness assistance, money management, life skills, legal assistance and more. The Housing Program consists of Transitional Living Program, Permanent Supportive Housing Program, housing counseling and homeless diversion and prevention, housing navigation and advocacy, and immediate short-term assistance depending on eligibility to prevent individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless for the first time or to assist them to exit homelessness as quickly as possible.