Who We Are

Founded in 2002, Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) is an all-volunteer organization, supported by a volunteer board representing local churches and synagogues in the Hyde Park neighborhood here in Chicago. 

HPTHP provides housing and a stable, supportive environment for up to two years for homeless families who are working to improve the skills necessary to live independently. HPTHP partners with local congregations and organizations which provide volunteer mentors and essential financial support. The strength of HPTHP is in the positive relationship which develops between HPTHP mentors and the families they are supporting.

HPTHP receives financial support from local congregations and individuals, as well as a significant grant from the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. We were founded through the work of Interfaith Open Communities. HPTHP is supported by a number of religious organizations, but is not itself a religious organization and does not discriminate on the basis of religion.   

Click here to read about us in the Hyde Park Herald!


2015 HPTHP Board

Rev. Al Sharp, President

Stephanie Landers, Vice President

Joanne Michalski, Treasurer

Alfred Klinger, Secretary

Ginni Cook, Affordable Housing Specialist

Gerald Gripshover, Fundraising Chairperson

Valerie Lilley, Publicity & Resources Coordinator

Laura Matthews, Case Manager

Antoinette Lynch, Site Manager

Gwen Anderson, Recruiter, Mentor Representative

Rahsaan Clark Morris, Furniture Coordinator

Akisha Russell, At-Large

Deborah Hall, At-Large

Mumtaz Champsi, At-Large

Pat Wilcoxen, Ex Officio





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