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Our donors and agency partners know that Howard Area Community Center provides award-winning programs for over 8,000 individuals and families each year.

We believe that the best way to know Howard Area Community Center is to hear about it directly from program participants:

“My life has positively changed due to the contributions and support of HACC. I am now stronger due to the information, advocacy and support I received. HACC has given me and my children the opportunity to rebuild and start a new chapter in our lives. Thank you Howard Area.” (Mother receiving ongoing counseling with Howard Area Health & Human Services case managers)

“Thanks to Howard Area I have a friendly and knowledgeable case worker who assists me with maintaining my health and quality of life. She keeps me aware of all the different Howard Area programs available so I can stay healthy: energy assistance, housing, medical, dental and corrective eye-ware programs. My case worker monitors and assesses me on a regular basis to make sure I have all my needs taken care of. She also assists me with my emotional needs by encouraging me to engage in verbal discussion in either a group or private setting. These are just some of the reasons why the Center, its staff and my HIV case manager are very essential to me maintaining a high quality of life, in all my daily living.” (Young man living with HIV/AIDS enrolled in our Medical Case Management program)

“The services provided by this office are the best in Chicago and one of the only ones in the Midwest giving service to those with HIV/AIDS. From the top Dentist who spends time explaining what you need to have done and works with almost no pain. To people in administration taking time to help you get your proper paper work in order to make sure you are able to get the care you need. The Chicago Health Care System is so lacking Dental Care and this one is one that needs to be honored for the human services, care, and respect they give to their clients. Thank you for your time on this important Clinic.” (Former patient of the Howard Area Dental Clinic)

“Howard Area Employment Resource Center [HERC] has a wonderful staff of very talented persons, who are role models for me in the area of being “people for others.” I have loved volunteering at the HERC, and look forward to returning next year.” (Employment Resource Center volunteer)

You can view additional media clips from Howard Area Community Center participants by visiting our video archive page.


2,559  Number of families who received emergency food and assistance in overcoming situational crisis in FY13.

  • Heating: 607 individuals stayed warm with fuel assistance totaling $154,350.
  • Housing: 34 individuals avoided homelessness with rent assistance.

In FY2013, 200 families found full-day, affordable NAEYC-accredited early childhood care and education at HACC’s Sheila H. Berner Family Center.  Our Head Start/Early Head Start program provided center-based care and education to 65 eligible children, and Early Head Start served 117 eligible children and their families with either on-site child care, or home visiting services and support.

341 youth ages 6 – 18 found safety and stability in after school and summer programs offering leadership development opportunities and programs that promote academic excellence in arts and sciences.

20 adult learners were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society and 16 earned GEDs. 43 students attended adult basic education (ABE)/GED classes. 142 were English as Second Language (ESL) students. 296 were Adult Computer Lab learners.

The Dental Clinic, a key component of Howard Area Community Center’s Health and Human Services Program, served 731 low income patients, including 232 HIV/AIDS clients and 214 children under the age of 5. Our Clinic remains only 1 of 5 dental clinics in the City of Chicago specializing in serving low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The HACC Food Pantry was named one of Chicago’s Top 5 by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  HACC was also awarded the DIFFA AWARD for Excellence in Services to Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS.

80 victims of domestic violence found help resolving immediate crisis situations and received ongoing support until they were safe.



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 Friday April 11th 2014

6:30 PM

Valley Lo Club

Glenview, Illinois 60025

Spring Fling is Howard Area Community Center’s largest single fundraiser benefiting the agency’s award winning programs for children, youth and families in Chicago. The event features a cocktail reception with live entertainment, dinner,  exciting live auctions, an awards presentation, and a film screening highlighting the impact of the Center’s programs in Rogers Park and surrounding communities.







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& Supporters:

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We look forward to seeing you at Spring Fling 2014! Please contact Margaret Wenzel at (773) 262-6622 to purchase tickets or for more information or click here


OUR MISSION: To assist low-income individuals and families in the greater Rogers Park and adjacent communities to stabilize their lives and to develop the social skills necessary to become effective community members.   

FY2012 990

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FY2013 Annual Report

HACC Annual Report 2012

HACC Early Childhood Annual Report Supplement FY2012