Last week, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley highlighted his plan to increase funding for programs aimed at ending homelessness by $1.4 million next year. This funding would be in addition to the approximately $40 million in federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds expected to spent over the next three years in Chicago.
The January 2009 point-in-time count found that homelessness has fallen 10 percent in Chicago from 2007, but Mayor Daley noted that there has been a recent increase in the number of people presenting at shelters – indicating that despite the decline, there is no shortage of Chicagoans requiring assistance.
The new funds are expected to come from parking meter lease proceeds. They would be used to increase capacity at homeless shelters, provide homelessness prevention services, and provide other supportive services to people experiencing homelessness. His budget proposal is currently being debated by aldermen.
Our best to Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago in their continued efforts to prevent, curb, and end homelessness.