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Chicago Pledges to House Its Homeless

August 21, 2010

This is really cool: The city of Chicago is participating in a program that hopes to house 100,000 homeless people and families by 2013.

Mayor Daley talks about the 100,000 Homes Campaign at Deborah's Place, Chicago's largest provider of housing for women.

Mayor Richard M. Daley this week announced Chicago’s involvement in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national program aimed at finding homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable and long-term homeless individuals and families by July 2013.

“One effect of the national economic recession that we can see clearly is that individuals and families across the country are losing their homes at a dramatic rate,” said Mayor Daley. “As a first step, Chicago has pledged to move 125 of the city’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families into permanent housing by December 31, 2010.”

As part of this effort, campaign partners are coordinating Chicago Registry Week from August 23 to 27. During this week, more than 100 volunteers will go on the city’s streets and homeless shelters to find Chicago’s most vulnerable homeless people.

The information recorded will be used to create a by-name registry that will prioritize those who have been living on the streets the longest.

“Chicago already has a rich service system and a long history of collaboration and coordination,” said Nancy Radner, chief executive officer, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. “The collective efforts put forth during Chicago Registry Week will not only benefit those who are housed during the 100,000 Homes Campaign but serve as a framework on which we will build as we work to reduce chronic homelessness in Chicago.”

The 100,000 Homes Campaign relies on Chicago’s leading homeless service providers and the public and private sectors to offer resources like homes, supportive services and supplies.

For more information, or to volunteer your services for this amazing program or for Chicago Registry Week, please visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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