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CHICAGO – As of May 2023, 100% of the Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs), issued to Chicago last year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have been leased. Through the EHVs, 1,170 families who were homeless or at risk of homelessness now have stable and secure housing.
In 2021 Chicago was awarded 1,165 EHVs, the country’s 6th largest allocation of vouchers, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The utilization of the EHVs was a collaborative effort involving All Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and numerous homelessness service providers with the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC).
CHA worked with the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC), All Chicago, and other city agencies and nonprofit organizations to ensure the EHVs were leased in conjunction with appropriate services.
“The successful utilization of these EHVs is largely due to the CoC’s quick action and partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority and All Chicago,” said Nicole Bahena, VP of Community Partnerships at All Chicago. “All Chicago coordinated referrals into EHVs and provided significant training, technical assistance, and coordination between CoC providers and CHA. In addition, Chicago Rents, a CoC program hosted by All Chicago, provided unity location services for those going into EHVs. Because of this system-level coordination, EHVs were being leased as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
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