MISSION - Led by people with a lived experience of homelessness, Red Line Service wields art world resources to build community, generating the sense of belonging and mutual care essential to securing and retaining housing. We collaborate with artists and cultural institutions to expand access to the art world, avowing that art can break the bonds of ingrained social roles and structures and forge new realities in which all can flourish.
Red Line Service creates cultural programming by and for Chicagoans with a lived experience of homelessness. As a community, we enjoy lectures, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, meals, and more. We are also creators, writers and artists, who boldly claim our place in Chicago's cultural community. Our nonprofit is the only art organization in Chicago and one of the only art organizations world-wide led by people experiencing homelessness in which art is used to destigmatize homelessness, to lessen participant reliance on charity, and to harness the drive necessary to secure and retain housing.