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Best Practice | August 11, 2006
Plan: Getting Housed, Staying Housed: A Collaborative Plan to End Homelessness
Goal/ Timeframe: To end all homelessness in the city by 2012
The collaborative planning process was coordinated and facilitated by a governing board, which was designated by the Chicago Continuum of Care to oversee both the plan's development and execution. The Governing Board consists of members representing every type of organization that can help end homelessness in Chicago, including homeless service providers, consumers, and advocates; city, county, and state agencies; and business and foundation leaders. The development of the plan took place over a twenty-two-month period, ending in November 2002.
The governing board has adopted the plan, and city agencies and nonprofit service providers alike are implementing its strategies. Furthermore, Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed it, and all City departments have it as part of their charge to ensure its success.
Level of Detail
Includes major strategies, five-year initiatives, and initial action steps.
In January 2004, the Chicago Continuum of Care adopted an implementation blueprint along with program models, which together define the needs and goals across the system and set the pace and specific guidelines for individual providers to proceed.
At close to the same time, the Parnership to End Homelessness, a coalition of 80 agencies serving homeless people in Chicago, released the results of a citywide survey assessing the progress of individual providers in making program-level changes to comply with the plan.