Partnerships To Reduce Homelessness
DFSS strives to align our core funding areas and system, policy, and planning initiatives with Plan 2.0 and federal strategic priorities. As a City department, DFSS has an additional responsibility to work with advocates, elected officials and concerned residents when they concerns about homelessness or homeless residents that they encounter. We do this through community meetings, collaborative initiatives and by deploying services to residents in need as they are identified.
Our partners in these efforts are:
- Interagency Task Force to Reduce Homelessness – Launched by Mayor Emanuel to focus on coordination of homeless services across all agencies to improve delivery and reduce homelessness of individuals and families.
- Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative – Representative of 27 hospitals whose task is to identify overlapping health priorities including mental health, access to health care and obesity and have been developing strategies to address these health priorities in a coordinated manner.
- Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) – CHA’s most recent Moving to Work plan contains various elements to support Chicagoans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund (CLIHTF) – Partnership with CLIHTF on three hardship based initiatives, which focus on housing those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Institute on Global Homelessness Street Campaign (IGH) – Launched in 2014 with one aim, to strengthen and support the global movement to end homelessness worldwide. IGH has committed to assisting 150 cities worldwide in ending street homelessness by 2030.
- University of Chicago Urban Labs – As DFSS moves toward data-driven decision making as part of our strategic framework, we are partnering with UCHICAGO Urban Labs to analyze data from our system, research other best practices and transform data findings into policy and practice changes.