Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI)

About Initiative

Since taking office in 2011, Mayor Emanuel has made putting an end to citywide homelessness one of his top priorities. The Mayor has accomplished this with increased investments in homeless supports and outreach, and with a comprehensive, citywide strategy for accomplishing this in the Plan 2.0, so that every Chicagoan has a place to call home.

In 2014, when Mayor Emanuel committed to end homelessness among veterans in Chicago, he helped launch a comprehensive approach in partnership with numerous organizations and federal agencies. Since that time, the City has exceeded our initial goal of housing Veterans based on the federally-mandated counts used at the time of EVHI’s launch.

What We Hope To Accomplish

Our goal is to achieve Functional Zero. Functional zero requires that the supply of housing exceeds the number of new veterans entering homelessness every month so that any episodes of homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring.

Functional zero requires that the supply of housing exceeds the number of new veterans entering homelessness every month. In Chicago Functional Zero means that we have the resources to prevent homelessness whenever possible, provide a safe temporary space to sleep when needed for those who do become homeless, and move Veterans to housing as quickly as possible to ensure that homeless episodes are rare, brief and non-recurring.

Our work to end homelessness among Veterans is only possible with strong public and private partners.

  • A Safe Haven
  • All Chicago
  • Center for Changing Lives
  • Center for Housing and Health
  • Chicago Housing Authority
  • Christian Community Health Center
  • City of Chicago
  • Cornerstone Community Outreach
  • CSH
  • Featherfist
  • Franciscan Outreach Association
  • Heartland Health Outreach
  • Heartland Human Care Services
  • Housing Opportunities for Women
  • HRDI
  • Interfaith Housing Development Corporation
  • Inner Voice
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
  • La Casa Norte
  • Matthew House
  • Mercy Housing
  • Northside Housing & Supportive Services
  • Olive Branch
  • Pacific Garden Mission
  • Partners in Community Building
  • Primo Center
  • Renaissance Social Services
  • Safer Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • Sarah's Circle
  • Thresholds
  • The Boulevard of Chicago
  • The Renaissance Collaborative
  • Urbanite Veteran Program
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Volunteers of America 

Landlords interested in supporting Veterans through EVHI can click here.

If you are a Veteran currently experiencing homelessness, please call or go to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Veteran Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC). The CRRC can help with shelter, housing and other basic needs. Call: 312.569.5750 or walk-in: 1141 S. California. Other resources are also available here.


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Chicago, IL 60612