The Samaritan Housing Program is a collaboration of 11 Chicago-based health, housing and homeless services providers, designed to:
- Move chronically homeless individuals with chronic medical illnesses, including mental illness, into stable, permanent housing as quickly as possible
- Provide comprehensive wraparound services and intensive case management to improve housing and health outcomes among this highly vulnerable homeless population.
By coordinating access to a range of permanent supportive housing options, from low-demand to sobriety-based programs, scattered-site and project-based units, housing for women and for persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as housing for persons with mental illness/substance abuse issues, the program is designed to be highly responsive to the diverse needs and preferences of its target population, and to flexibly address existing gaps in the continuum of care by building housing and service capacity where it is most required.
The addition of wrap around services strengthens the Samaritan Program by helping residents transition from living on the streets to living in permanent housing. These services help to address the root cause of homeless for the individual so that he or she can break the cycle.
The program will offer 195 total housing units. Twenty of these units will be managed by Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House.
For more information, please call Sarah Bruce at 773-327-9921 ext 140.
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