Waterton’s Peter Vilim named board president of non-profit seeking to end homelessness

Waterton co-founder Peter Vilim has been named president of the Board of Directors for All Chicago, Making Homelessness History, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to end homelessness in the city of Chicago.

In 2012, the organization was formed through a collaborative partnership of the Emergency Fund, the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and The Learning Center to become a leading source of homelessness prevention.

Vilim has been a board member since 2013 and became acquainted with the organization through his and Waterton’s affiliation with The Cara Program, a separate employment development organization founded by noted philanthropist Tom Owens, also a key supporter of the Emergency Fund.

“On any given night in Chicago, nearly 6,800 people don’t know where they’re going to sleep, and tens of thousands more live in fear of losing their homes,” Vilim said. “For them, the services and resources provided by All Chicago are a lifeline, and I am proud to support the organization on both a corporate and personal level as we work together to provide stable, secure housing for those struggling with financial hardship.”

As part of his original board position with All Chicago, Vilim also sat on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Continuum of Care, a local planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals. All Chicago provides critical administrative support for the Continuum, acting as the single collaborative applicant for all HUD grants. In 2014, the organization secured $59.6 million in HUD funding for 165 homeless services programs throughout Chicago.

In addition to his expanded role with All Chicago, Vilim has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Housing Partnership Equity Trust (HPET), a national affordable housing REIT launched in 2013. He serves on the Finance Committee of the HPET board as well.