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Pipeline Expansion

Pipeline Expansion

This line of work will right-size the supportive housing mix throughout Chicago's Homeless Response System to meet the need. Activities include unit projections, financial modeling, and expanding Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and prevention resources.

Contact Betsy Benito or Karen Kowal with questions about this line of work.

Action Plans

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

Attendance Tracker

Please view the attendance lists for each workgroup meeting for the Pipeline Expansion Line of Work. These will be updated on a monthly basis.

Homeless Housing Expansion Initiative

The Chicago Continuum of Care has established an unmet need of 4,200 units of supportive housing and 4,500 units of Rapid Rehousing to support broad scale changes to both the homeless system and to drastically reduce homelessness overall across the city.

To meet this need, the Continuum of Care (CoC) has established a Pipeline Expansion Committee led by Corporation for Supportive Housing and All Chicago Making Homelessness History to lead resource identification strategies and commitments to close the gap.

As a part of this, Mayor Rahm Emanuel committed city financing for 1,600 units of supportive housing (40% of the goal). The Chicago Department of Planning and Development/Department of Housing, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), and Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) are earnestly coordinating on resources to produce a range of units needed. In fact, helping address these goals is outlined in the 2019-2023 City of Chicago Affordable Housing Plan.

To this end, the Continuum of Care has created the Homeless Housing Expansion Initiative, that will evaluate proposed projects seeking capital, operating, and services for supportive housing to then indicate to funders how the project aligns with system goals. DOH, Chicago CoC, DFSS, and CHA are supporting the use of this Pre-Application Process to inform their decision-making on funding requests for supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and services resources that prioritize people experiencing homelessness.


Pipeline Expansion Working Group
This working group will advance housing and service creation strategies to meet the needs of the Chicago CoC as informed through data. Committee members will affirm the scale and range of units and services, review and validate financial implications, take actions to secure development partnerships, financing commitments, policy changes and coordination strategies to achieve the pipeline goals. This working group will have dynamic interactions with other Action Agenda groups to achieve its goals. 
Expertise needed: Group members should have or develop a working knowledge of supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and prevention programs, connection and/or oversight of affordable/supportive housing development activities with particular connection to community-based programs, represent service systems that have significant housing needs, and housing policies or systems. 
Meeting details: The group meetings occur at CSH every other Wednesday from 1-2:30pm. Please contact Betsy Benito or 312.332.6690 ext. 2814 for more information.

Application Work Group

Meeting details: The group meetings occur at CSH every other Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm.  

Fiscal Work Group

Meeting details: The group meetings occur at All Chicago every other Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm.