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Chicago Invests in Those Who Need It Most

August 28, 2012

There’s a new plan in place to battle homelessness in Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled “Plan 2.0,” an effort that will increase access to support services for homeless youth, increase job preparation and placement for adults, and develop new supportive housing for those in need.

The $2.5 million price tag for the project will come from existing city funds and not at the expense of Chicago real estate owners.

person pushing the word help“In every part of city government, we are focused on delivering better services at the most competitive price for taxpayers. We are partnering with Catholic Charities to bring improved and expanded mobile outreach services to homeless families in need at half the cost and using the savings to dramatically increase the number of homeless youth we serve at no extra cost,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We also are rebooting our approach so that we invest where the return is strongest – in job preparation and placement for adults.”

The use of Catholic Charities will reportedly save the city $1.7 million a year, money that can be allocated to improve and expand services to Chicago’s homeless population.

The $2.5 million investment in Plan 2.0 aims to:

*Increase job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.

*Create additional housing and services for homeless youth, so they don’t become the next generation of homeless adults.

*Create a targeted crisis response system for households in crisis.

*Create 1,972 new units of permanent supportive housing (a 29% increase) for homeless households with disabilities.

*Increase the number of homeless households receiving financial assistance and services to facilitate rapid rehousing from 737 to 2,768 (a 275% increase).

In 2013, the city of Chicago will make new investments toward the effort through the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, including:

*$31.2 million to finance the development of 247 units of permanent supportive housing.

*$14.2 million to preserve 153 units of Single Room Occupancy housing.

*$8.1 million to support 1,304 supportive housing units through the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund.

“We are thrilled that we are building on our approach by providing the homeless with the tools for independence like job preparation and placement, and giving homeless youth the leg up they need to reunite with their families, enroll in school, find housing, and other critical supports that will give them what they need to lead dignified lives,” said Nonie Brennan, CEO of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness.

“This is a major step forward for the City of Chicago.”

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