This line of work incorporates access to income into Chicago’s homeless response system from the front door through housing. Activities include SOAR, specialized employment, and the public workforce system into the homeless response system, as well as developing an employer engagement strategy.
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Employment Task Force
This group increases 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 AM -11:30 AM at the Michael Barlow Center (2120 W. Warren Blvd.). Contact Carrie Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or Max Burns to get put on the email list.
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.
Meeting details: This group meets as needed. Contact Margaret Smith for further details.