The city of Chicago is working to place 75 chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing as part of a pilot program announced Sunday.
The homeless individuals have been living in tent encampments under Lake Shore Drive viaducts. They will be provided with housing and support services through the pilot program, which is "designed to leverage permanent housing options for residents who have experienced recurring and extended homelessness," according to the mayor's office.
"We as a city cannot thrive until each and every one of our residents can thrive, which is why we are committed to addressing homelessness in a holistic, comprehensive and compassionate manner," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "This pilot will enlist stakeholders from all over the city to ensure that we are all doing our part in ensuring that our neighbors have a place to call home, and that those who are struggling can get the support they need to get back on their feet."
Department of Family and Support Services Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler added: "Success in this program will be getting these 75 individuals housed and off the streets and then apply the lessons learned to the other residents experiencing chronic homelessness."