CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago recently published a report that details a plan to house and better coordinate health care for people who are homeless, diagnosed with at least one severe mental illness, and have a history of alcohol or substance use, the Windy City Times reported.
Under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Chicago Community Consortium, the Foundation brought together leaders from more than 40 organizations in Cook County to shape this strategic plan, the paper reported. It focuses on “strong cross-sector collaboration” to “present a roadmap for tackling the human and financial costs of homelessness” in the region, one of the report’s authors said in a statement.
Public services for one person who is homeless can cost Cook County and the City of Chicago as much as $100,000 per year. Integrating supportive housing and health services has been proven to alleviate suffering while saving taxpayers millions, the Windy City Times reported.