Frequent Users of Health Care Project
The Frequent Users of Health Care Project is recruiting eligible participants for permanent housing placement with supportive services.
The project focuses on chronically homeless individuals who have had at least 3 hospitalizations in the past year and provides them with housing and wraparound services.
To be eligible persons must meet all 3 of the criteria listed below:
1. Be a homeless single individual with a disability in Chicago; AND
2. Meet HUD’s definition of chronically homeless (homeless for more than one year or 4 times in the last 3 years); AND
3. Be a frequent user of the Cook County, Provident or Oak Forest hospitals. A frequent user is defined as someone who has had three or more inpatient hospitalizations in the past year. Agencies should talk with their clients to see if they have been hospitalized three times in the past year, or read through their health assessments. This information will be verified by data available to Sonia at Cook County Hospital.
Eligible persons will be asked to give consent for the study. Please note that at this time, bilingual services are not available, so if a client is non-English speaking, they need to have access to a translator to consent for the study and need to be able to receive services in English. Christian Community Health Center will be the agency providing permanent housing and supportive services and the housing will be in scattered-site individual apartments.
If you have a person who you think will be eligible, please refer them as soon as possible to the project. You can refer a client by calling Rhonda at 773-851-5065 or Sonia at 312-864-3074 and ask about the Frequent Users of Healthcare project.
This project is a partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), Christian Community Health Center (CCHC), Heartland Health Outreach (HHO), and Cook County Hospital. The project is generously supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Land Available for Homeless Veterans' Housing at Hines VA Hospital
As part of the first phase of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Site Review Initiative, a VA hospital in your community was identified as having land available for the possible development of homeless veterans' housing under VA's Enhanced Use Lease Program.
VA is currently accepting expressions of interest to develop housing for homeless veterans at the Hines VA Hospital. Through this initiative, selected non-profit and for-profit developers and service providers will collaborate with VA to provide veterans with access to medical care and other services.
A copy of the official VA Request for Expressions of Interest announcing this development opportunity can be found here. For more information, including deadlines, frequently asked questions, and instructions on submitting an expression of interest for your organization, please visit http://vahomelesshousing.org.
"Engaging People who are Homeless with a Mental Illness" Video Now Available Online
The Homeless Action Committee's "Engaging People who are Homeless with a Mental Illness" video is now available online. The video uses skits, narration, and personal interviews to help viewers develop the knowledge and skills they need to begin working with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Viewers will learn basic information on mental illness, effective communication skills, the importance of providing basic services and of creating welcoming environments, and systems integration strategies to remove barriers and improve access to services. To download the video and accompanying manual, go to: http://hacchicago.org/engagement.html.
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