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Local Strategies to Address Homelessness

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Commissioner Choucair sharing Local Strategies to Address Homelessness in his Susan L. Neibacher Address at the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in New Orleans.

Commissioner Choucair sharing Local Strategies to Address Homelessness in his Susan L. Neibacher Address at the 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in New Orleans.

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  • The map on the left shows areas of economic hardship, as indicated by poverty level, crowded housing, unemployment, low levels of education, and per capita income, with darker purple areas experiencing more hardship.
     
    The map on the right shows uncontrolled diabetes hospitalization rates, with higher rates shown in darker green.

    By comparing these maps, it documents that areas with a higher economic hardship index have higher rates of diabetes hospitalizations, which are often indicators of inadequate access to care and community resources to stay healthy.
  • The SAMHSA Chicago Community Consortium (SCCC) is one of our community partnerships addressing homelessness.

    SCCC was formed in 2011 under a three-year SAMHSA grant awarded to AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
    The group is comprised of members of over 40 organizations, including local and statewide advocacy, mental health, substance use, health care, social service, housing service and homeless coalition groups as well as representatives of city, county, state, and federal government agencies.
    The SCCC steering committee began meeting in 2012 and charged nine workgroups to advance the development of a strategic plan.

    -In April 2013, the Committee approved their strategic plan, calling for a comprehensive capacity expansion and innovations in Cook County to take place over the next three years. Four main priorities:
    Increase the number and variety of supportive housing units
    Enroll our population into coordinated care services
    Simplify and expand eligibility for and access to benefits, services and housing
    Increase and strengthen outreach to link individuals to housing and health services

    -They recently released their annual report which included numerous accomplishments made during one short year including…
    The development of over 200 new permanent supportive housing units for their target population of homeless individuals and households in Chicago and Cook County who are living with SMI and or long-term substance or alcohol use,
    The enrollment of over 5,000 enrolled in Chicago Central Referral System (CRS) Database,
    (The CRS is a web-based tool where persons experiencing homelessness can apply for supportive housing. Participating supportive housing providers will pull applicants from the CRS to fill unit vacancies.
    The creation of 15 bridge units, and
    Enrollment of thousands into CountyCare



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    • 1. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Local Strategies to Address Homelessness Susan L. Neibacher Address 2014 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium Bechara Choucair, MD Commissioner Chicago Department of Public Health @choucair #HCHnola
    • 2. Uncontrolled Diabetes Hospital Discharge Rates, Chicago Residents, 2007
    • 3. Healthy Chicago
    • 4. Anti-Tobacco Efforts Three Policy Changes: • Increased Cigarette Tax • Regulate E-Cigarettes • Banned Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
    • 5. Regulating Electronic Cigarettes
    • 6. Ban of Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
    • 7. Public Awareness Campaigns Reinforce Need for Change
    • 8. …and it’s working
    • 9. A Home for Everyone Strategic Priorities 1. The Crisis Response System 2. Access to Stable and Affordable Housing 3. Youth Homelessness 4. Employment 5. Advocacy and Civic Engagement 6. Cross-Systems Integration 7. Capacity Building
    • 10. SAMHSA Chicago Community Consortium (SCCC) • Three-year strategic plan developed in 2013 • Annual Report Highlights: • Over 200 new permanent supportive housing units • Over 5,000 enrolled in Chicago Central Referral System (CRS) Database • 15 bridge units created • Enrollment of thousands into CountyCare
    • 11. Neighbor Carts & Urban Farms
    • 12. Ongoing Efforts • Double Value Coupon Program Make it feasible for families to purchase healthy, locally grown food. • Minimum Wage Working Group Provide a living wage in the City of Chicago for all workers • Consent by Minors to Medical Procedures Act Empower youth living on their own to make medical decisions.
    • 13. A Story of Three Patients
    • 14. facebook.com/ChicagoPublicHealth@ChiPublicHealth 312.747.9884 www.CityofChicago.org/Health HealthyChicago@CityofChicago.org

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