Better Business Bureau Report for
Teen Living Programs

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Teen Living Programs
Address: 162 W. Hubbard Ste 400
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-568-5700
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Teen Living Programs builds community, hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless. We address their immediate needs and help them achieve independence and stable housing.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Teen Living Programs meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Teen Living Programs serves homeless youth in Chicago, ages 13-24. We offer a continuum of care that begins with meeting youth where they are and continues until they have become fully independent. Our sophisticated program model provides youth with the tools they need to succeed: employment, educational and recreational support; independent life skills training; mental and primary health care; and nutrition and culinary support. Every year, over 12,000 contacts are made with youth through our street and community outreach program, and crisis intervention and referrals are provided to approximately 1,500 youth via our 24-hour hotline. TLP intensively serves 300 youth every year, and approximately 250 additional youth will be served through our new drop-in center, which launched on April 15, 2013. Our three residential programs consist of a 4-bed emergency shelter for minors, a 24-bed transitional living program, and a 10-apartment independent living program, all of which include wraparound supportive services. Finally, all youth exiting our programs are eligible to participate in our after-care program, which serves as a safety net so that youth are continually supported beyond TLP's doors and do not return to the streets.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Teen Living Programs's program expenses were:

residential services 1,489,742
Outreach and engagement 219,267
health services 209,985
education vocation and recreational services 197,604
Total Program Expenses: $2,116,598
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Chief Executive : Jeri Linas, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Gerald Pauling, II
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Co-Chair of the Board : Bruce Pedigo

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 45

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,546,746, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Teen Living Programs's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fees and grants from governmental agencies 1,142,152
Contributions 911,726
Special Events 417,868
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago 75,000
Program Service Fees 26,040
Investment Income 1,255
Total Income $2,574,041


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $2,574,041
Program expenses $2,116,598
Fund raising expenses 314,578
Administrative expenses 68,905
Total expenses $2,500,081
Income in Excess of Expenses 73,960
Beginning net assets 1,255,969
Ending net assets 1,329,929
Total liabilities 2,937,693
Total assets $4,267,622

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