Moving Families Toward Self-Sufficiency: Effective Case Management Strategies

A Making Connections Peer Technical Assistance Match Between Louisville, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

December 2, 2007


Revitalizing over 20,000 units of public housing under the HOPE VI program required Chicago to create a vision for the effort and to ensure public housing residents could successfully transition to housing once the revitalization was complete. Chicago’s place-based case management and job development programs helped to ensure low-income residents could move toward self-sufficiency as part of the revitalization process. The report provides a broad overview of the case management process used for public housing residents in Chicago and includes examples of job development programs as well. Challenges associated with the initiative are also presented. This document is one of several Making Connections Peer Technical Assistance summaries. 

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Key Takeaway

A Variety of Approaches Are Needed to Support Self-Sufficiency

Chicago used a variety of programs and approaches to move individuals and families toward self-sufficiency. These included results-oriented case management, place-based support and a focus on job development.

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