We help Chicagoans affected by homelessness and poverty to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency.

Key Findings

  • 77% of respondents had a work history of five years or more, and 74% of respondents had worked within the previous 12 months.

  • 72% of respondents had a high school diploma or higher with 50% reporting at least some college experience.

  • 30% reported that they were not currently conducting an active job search. The most common reason given was that they were doing temporary or gig work to make money, and that interfered with looking for better opportunities.

  • The most notable reported barriers to employment by this population were: lack of transportation, lack of stable housing, mental health concerns, and criminal backgrounds.

  • At the time of the surveys, 60% of the respondents met HUD’s definition of homelessness, but due to their low levels of need, are unlikely to receive housing assistance.

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