The Chicago Alliance
In 1997, 86 different homeless services providers organized to form Chicago’s Partnership to End Homelessness. The partnership was a collaborative effort designed to secure funding and forge strong public/private connections.
In 2001, Chicago developed a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness that outlined several city-wide strategic priorities designed to end homelessness. In response to the plan, a second organization, known as Chicago’s Continuum of Care Board, sprang up as a collaborative effort to help providers align with the strategic priorities and to manage federal funding. In 2006, these two organizations consolidated to become the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness.
In 2011, the Chicago Alliance again consolidated operations with the Emergency Fund, an organization that worked collaboratively with more than 30 homeless and social services providers to provide temporary financial assistance to their clients.
In 2015, the Chicago Alliance and Emergency Fund officially merged to become All Chicago Making Homelessness History. Each consolidation has more closely united key stakeholders involved in ending homelessness, removed duplicate efforts, more effectively used limited resources, and strengthened the effort to align with the strategic priorities that will ultimately lead to the end of homelessness in Chicago. Read more about Chicago’s current plan to end homelessness here.
Our Chicago Alliance program works to create a more effective homeless services system in Chicago. We:
- Administer a collaborative application to secure approximately $60 million in annual federal funding for Chicago’s homeless services
- Manage the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a database that captures city-wide homeless data. We train homeless services providers to use the database and create reports for them when needed. We continually improve data collection and data quality processes. We analyze and incorporate city-wide data to identify gaps in housing and services offerings, and to determine how we’re doing in meeting the seven strategic priorities outlined in Chicago’s Plan 2.0: A Plan to End Homelessness.
- Help our community align with the seven strategic priorities list in Chicago’s Plan 2.0: A Plan to End Homelessness
- Support several commissions and constituency expert groups with resources, information, and technical assistance. Their perspective creates well-rounded, realistic ways to meet our community’s needs.
In 2014, our Chicago Alliance program:
- Administered a city-wide evaluation and application that successfully brought $59.6 million in federal funding for Chicago’s homeless services.
- Revised city-wide data collection quality process that led to significantly improved data and a better understanding of our city’s landscape of homelessness and unmet needs.
- Continued strong partnerships with city administration and homeless services organizations to drive progress on the seven strategic priorities in the city-wide “Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone.” Read our bi-annual Plan 2.0 progress reports that share the key advances our city made in 2014 here.