The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis that impacts thousands of people in Chicago every year. To help address the growing number of people living on the streets and in shelters who are at greater risk for contracting the coronavirus, the City of Chicago is implementing the Expedited Housing Initiative, and Deborah’s Place is one of their partners.

The Expedited Housing Initiative is a Rapid Re-Housing program (RRH) – a time-limited housing intervention designed to assist individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. The top goals of this program are:

  1. Minimize the health risks of Covid-19 for people experiencing homelessness
  2. Leverage $35+ Million in ESG CARES Act funding from City of Chicago
  3. House 2000+ over 2 years
  4. Reduce time to housing from 80 days to 30 days or less
  5. Support barrier reduction to getting people housed

Deborah’s Place will be providing case management and supportive services to 120 women through the Expedited Housing Initiative. We’re bringing on six new case managers and have already housed two women! We look forward to providing updates as the program continues.