Our Basic Needs Initiative
TaskForce’s basic needs program centers the needs and experiences of the most marginalized members of our community. While we are located on the West Side, Taskforce provides a range of free services to hundreds of community members across Chicago.
About the Basic Needs Program
TaskForce is committed to providing resources that build and sustain healthy, thriving communities.
With a focus on Black and Brown LGBTQ+ folx, TaskForce is committed to providing resources that build and sustain healthy, thriving communities. We do this by not only providing basic needs, but by offering skills and resources that promote longevity and equip community members with life-sustaining tools. Our resources fall into three main categories: 1) Food and Clothing Assistance 2) Housing and Work Assistance and 3) Health, Wellness, and Safety. Our basic needs program includes an onsite food pantry and clothing closet that provides food and clothing items to mitigate food insecurity and clothing needs. We also provide workforce development, housing navigation, mental and physical care, and STI testing.
Legal services are often overlooked as an essential resource. However, as Black and Brown queer and trans folx experience unprecedented levels of violence and are subjected to a web of systemic barriers, access to legal services promotes safety and equity within vulnerable communities. Our legal service clinic provides community members with legal representation, and record processing such as name change and expungement., and a legal clinic which provides clients with legal representation, and record processing such as name change and expungement.
TaskForce Chicago helps those in need...
TaskForce needs your help!
All of these life-sustaining resources are maintained by contributions from community partners and collaborators.
Clothing and food donations can be dropped off at:
Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-8 pm
Please see our donation guide for helpful tips. If you’d like to help support our Basic Needs program in other ways, please consider donating or volunteering your time.
TaskForce Chicago is making a difference...
Who is the Basic Needs Program for?
The Basic Needs program at TaskForce is for any individual who is in need of life-sustaining resources. Though we center the experiences of Black and Brown folx, our doors are open to any and everyone who would like to utilize the program.
What is the best way to find out more about services at TaskForce?
There are a few great ways to keep up with what we are doing and what we offer. We regularly post updates about events and services across social media platforms which can all be found in our LinkTree. Community members are also welcome and encouraged to come in during our community drop-in days (Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-9 pm) to participate in and learn more about our services. Lastly, we encourage folx who are interested to sign up for our newsletter where we send out updates and reminders.
How do I get involved with this program?
There are several ways to engage with this program as either a participant or a supporter. As a participant, you can come by on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-9 pm to utilize our services. As a supporter, you can contribute in-kind or monetary donations. In-kind donations can be dropped off at 9 N. Cicero on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-8 pm. Monetary donations are accepted here. If you’d like to be updated about other opportunities to become involved, sign up for our newsletter here.