Chicago Homeless, Housing First, Ending Homelessness
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The following are highlights of some of the Alliance's accomplishments in 2008.

Alliance Highlights of 2008

  • Launched the Alliance’s Homelessness Best Practices Institute with the Harm Reduction Housing Roundtable and began launching the Social Enterprise Roundtable with a luncheon sponsored by the Boeing Company.
  • Released “The Journey Home,” the Alliance’s first report on Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness, outlining the accomplishments and challenges of the Plan.
  • Held a major conference on homelessness and aging, releasing the report Homeless over 50: The Graying of Chicago’s Homeless Population, which summarized an 18-month study of people who are aging and homeless done with Loyola University. 200 people joined us for this event, which included a keynote speech by Mayor Daley and a panel of experts.
  • Set the stage for a launch of a 2-year evaluation of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness utilizing researchers from the University of Chicago and Loyola University.
  • Worked to get the word out that homelessness CAN be ended by getting stories in the press, including the Chicago Tribune; WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight; WBBM; Channel 7; Hoy; Southtown Star, Univision, and Streetwise. Stories featured members of the Alliance Consumers Commission and Service Providers Commission.
  • Conducted advocacy to bring more resources to Chicago’s homeless system, including for more federal homeless assistance funds, for state funding for supportive services, and for citywide funding. Held a legislative briefing in Washington, D.C. for the Illinois delegation, hosted by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
  • Held a countywide conference on discharge planning, featuring U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Sheriff Tom Dart, County Commissioner Earlene Collins, and high-level officials from IDOC, DMH, DASA and DCFS; and launched a countywide effort on discharge planning involving 7 committees.