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. 

December 1, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Approaches to working with public housing residents and families to achieve self-sufficiency.

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    How case management is structured to support self-sufficiency.

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    Ways in which programs have worked with individuals to build job skills and become employed.

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    Challenges associated with building mixed-income communities.

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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