Supportive Housing Developments for Homeless Veterans
Under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, the City has funded two new permanent supportive housing developments for homeless veterans. Hope Manor II apartments in Englewood provide 73 units of affordable veterans’ apartments and Veterans New Beginning in Auburn Gresham provide 54 units.
Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Preservation Ordinance
With the support of Mayor Emanuel, the City Council passed this Ordinance in November 2014 that established a legal framework for preserving affordable single-room occupancy (SRO) buildings while generating revenue to support building owners that seek to continue to offer affordable housing. According to a survey conducted by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 25% of SRO residents are veterans. The ordinance is part of Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to preserving up to 700 SRO units in gentrifying areas by the end of 2018.
100-day Collaborative to Assist Chronically Homeless People in Chicago.
In 2013, Department of Family and Support Services also worked with Chicago Housing Authority staff and nonprofit leaders in a 100-day collaborative to assist chronically homeless people in Chicago, resulting in over 400 individuals and families moving from the streets and into housing. Of these, 243 veterans were housed between June 1 and August 31, 2013. The achievements were the direct result of the hands-on efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the City of Chicago, and over 50 private, non-profit, and supportive housing agencies that provided housing or conducted street and shelter outreach.