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Plan 2.0 Aims to End Chicago Homelessness

December 05, 2011

Every person in the city should have a piece of Chicago real estate to call home. A new plan, based on findings from the current plan, aims to do just that.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness last Friday to discuss Plan 2.0, which will provide a research-driven strategy to help the city effectively deploy resources that provide the greatest impact in preventing and ending homelessness.

“Chicago’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness has made great strides in creating a homelessness infrastructure that serves to help our most vulnerable residents regain self-sufficiency and stability,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“But there is still much work to do. Plan 2.0 will build on current achievements while addressing the evolving needs of our homeless residents to provide a more effective strategy for combatting homelessness.”

The details of Plan 2.0 will be unveiled next Spring, but we know that based on the findings of a Loyola University and University of Chicago evaluation of the current Plan, Plan 2.0 will focus on priority areas including:

*Homeless system entry points and prevention

*Interim housing and rapid rehousing

*Permanent housing

*Youth homelessness

*Employment

*Systems integration

Mayor Emanuel also announced that the 2012 budget will support new initiatives to help meet the needs of homeless residents, including:

*A second low-threshold youth shelter that will provide 20 beds for young people aged 18 to 24.

*A day program for chronically homeless adults, offering an array of supportive services, such as employment training and mental health counseling, to help individuals gain greater stability and self-reliance.

Since its inception in 2002, Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness has made significant gains in preventing homelessness, including doubling the city’s stock of permanent supportive housing and transforming the shelter system focus from overnight shelter to interim and permanent housing with supportive services that help clients achieve permanent independence.

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