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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Housing Program for Homeless

1/10/2018, noon | Updated on 1/10/2018, noon
“We as a city cannot thrive until each and every one of our residents can thrive, which is why we ...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP), a supportive housing rental subsidy model that will combine both housing and rental subsidy expertise and intensive case management to effectively house homeless residents. Photo Credit: Christopher Shuttlesworth

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Housing PRogram for Homeless

By Christopher Shuttlesworth

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP), a supportive housing rental subsidy model that will combine both housing and rental subsidy expertise and intensive case management to effectively house homeless residents.

The FHSP program will help the City of Chicago continue to house more homeless citizens and provide supportive services to combat Chicago’s costly homeless populations.

“We as a city cannot thrive until each and every one of our residents can thrive, which is why we are committed to addressing homelessness in a holistic, comprehensive and compassionate manner,” Mayor Emanuel said.

The FHSP program will help the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and other local partners with consistent citywide units for the homeless and quickly match individuals experiencing homelessness to housing, provide intensive case management; housing navigation and permanent supportive housing, according to a city of chicago press release.

“Our hope with this initiative is to secure quality, safe and affordable housing for extremely vulnerable Chicagoans, through a more streamlined process,” Lisa Morrison Butler, Commissioner of the Department of Family and Support Services said. “We are thrilled to partner with the Corporation for Supportive Housing and so many City agencies to connect those experiencing homelessness with housing and the supportive services they need to thrive.”

Emanuel also recently introduced an ordinance in Dec. 2017, which dedicated $500,000 for FHSP from the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund (AHOF) and $500,000 in 2018 corporate funds and $800,000 from the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), according to a city of chicago press release.

“CHA is proud to participate in a program that not only helps Chicago’s most vulnerable obtain housing in a streamlined fashion, but one that provides supportive services to assist on their road to self-sufficiency,” Eugene Jones Jr., CHA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said. “We are excited to work with our partners as we continue to address homelessness in the city of Chicago.”

FHSP’s partnership included the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

For more information, visit https://www.cityofchicago.org/ city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2017/december/ FHSPHomelessSupport.html.