The Center for Housing and Health is dedicated to advocating for and implementing citywide, coordinated systems that support ending homelessness in Chicago. The origins of the Center are connected to the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership (CHHP) program, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management for people who were homeless and hospitalized. This program was part of a randomized controlled trial showing that permanent supportive housing reduces health care costs. Please click here for a two page summary of the studies on the health outcomes. The summary page quotes and highlights the various research findings and published articles in JAMA, Health Services Research and American Journal of Public Health. The results generated from CHHP data helped contribute to the aims of the Center.
The Center’s mission is to “promote the coordination, research, evaluation and policy development of housing and health programs that serve vulnerable populations in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.” The Center is a separate 501(c)3 supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC); its work and mission extend beyond HIV/AIDS to promote effective, comprehensive supportive housing options for people living with a wide range of chronic illnesses. The Center was established as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation in 2009, received its tax exempt status from the IRS in February 2010, and began functioning as a housing and service entity in March 2010.
Through its own work as well as that with AFC’s Supportive Housing Program, the Center’s staff has years of experience and expertise in assisting the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach homeless individuals and families to achieve housing stability and positive health outcomes. The Center builds citywide collaborations of community agencies that provide a seamless continuum of housing and services that no single provider can offer on its own.