“Responding to the Need for Affordable Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness in N/NW Suburban Cook County”

The North/Northwest Suburban Task Force on Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness was formed to address the lack of housing for individuals with mental illness in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago

It is estimated that 6% of the population lives with serious mental illness. Without proper support and access to treatment, they may have difficulty functioning in our society.

Many of these individuals who have ties to the north and northwest suburban area are inappropriately housed in facilities in other areas of Chicago. They are housed far away from their families and support. Others may be living with aging parents who are not fully prepared to serve as medical case managers for their adult children. Many are homeless.

For these individuals to have the best chance for recovery, proper housing and supportive mental health care is a necessity. One of the best ways to deliver those services is through permanent supportive housing. Our goal is to make affordable supportive housing a reality in the north and northwest suburbs.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have too little.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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" Having a place to call my own near friends that understand me  and living close to my family really made a difference in my recovery."

- - - respondent, The Task Force  community survey - - -