Hull House Association Now Closed

Agency provided social services for 122 years

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Jane Addams Hull House Association closed its doors Friday after 122 years of helping Chicago area residents.

The social service agency announced this month it would close and file for bankruptcy because of an increasing demand for services and diminishing funds to support those services.

The initial announcement said it would remain open until the spring, but Hull House board chairman Stephen Saunders announced Thursday the agency was forced to close Friday instead.

It leaves 300 agency workers jobless and many clients without aid or advocacy, though the agency said it would work to identify new providers to pick up services gone after Friday.

The agency, at 1030 W. Van Buren, provided youth services, foster care, homeless services and workforce development for Chicago area families since 1889. It helped 60,000 people a year and was named after Nobel Prize winner Jane Addams.

The Jane Addams Hull House Association is not to be confused with the University of Illinois at Chicago's Hull House Museum, at 8000 S. Halsted St., which will remain open.

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