Franciscan Outreach is proud to operate two successful programs that provide opportunities for our guests to transition into permanent housing and create better lives. The Streets-to-Home Initiative and the Interim Housing Program represent our commitment to change lives.
The Streets-to-Home Initiative is operated in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, which helps fund the program by subsidizing case manager salaries and providing vouchers for temporary housing. There are 43 slots in the program for individuals who have been determined housing-ready by our case managers.
Participants receive a voucher for subsidized housing and are required to meet regularly with case managers and attend educational and social group meetings. Case managers help participants address life issues, adapt to their new surroundings, and apply for permanent housing of their own. As individuals move into their own permanent housing, new guests are added to the program in their place.
Since the Streets-to-Home Initiative began in 2006, we have had 78 participants move on from the program. As of March 5, 2013:
- 67 moved into housing of their own
- 16 moved in with family or friends
This is a 74% success rate, which is truly remarkable!