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Employment and Income

Employment and Income

This line of work will incorporate access to income into Chicago's Homeless Response System from the front door through housing. Activities include incorporating SOAR, specialized employment, and the public workforce system into the homeless response system, as well as developing an employer engagement strategy.

Contact Carrie Thomas, Jennifer Miller-Rehfeldt or Nancy Phillips with questions about this line of work.

Action Plans

November 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March/April 2019
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018

Attendance Tracker

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Employment Task Force

This group will increase meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for people experiencing or most at risk of homelessness.
Expertise needed: Anyone with an interest in employment is welcome to attend. 
Meeting details: The Employment Task Force meets the second Friday of each month from 9:30-11:30am at the Michael Barlow Center (2120 W. Warren Blvd.). Contact Carrie Thomas at for more information or Max Burns to get put on the email list.

SOAR Workgroups

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is an evidence-based method of assisting people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness to apply for Social Security Disability benefits (SSI/SSDI). SOAR helps communities increase access to disability benefits by providing a streamlined process to complete applications and communicating critical knowledge about SSI/SSDI.

Find out more about SOAR and those workgroups.