Request for Proposals: Housing+

Improving outcomes in health and education, and opportunities for the justice-involved, through permanent affordable housing


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Research shows that housing instability is a strong predictor of poor health outcomes and has adverse impacts on children’s performance in school. Research on the experience of returning citizens coming out of the prison and jail systems also documents that while prison is more expensive than housing, stable housing is often a more effective approach to reducing crime.

In 2016, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, the Polk Bros. Foundation and Weiboldt Foundation convened practitioners and advocates that are increasingly working at the intersection of housing, education, health and criminal justice reform to address and improve these connected outcomes. This event culminated in the white paper How Housing Matters in Chicago which documents the research, promising approaches and barriers faced in coordinating resources, programs and policies to better integrate solutions across these interdependent issues.

To help support the advancement of this important work, The Chicago Community Trust invited grant proposals for partnerships working to coordinate permanent housing with programs, policy reform and resources across the issue domains of education, health and criminal justice reform.

The Trust recognizes that a family’s access to quality, safe and stable housing greatly affects each member’s health outcomes and the educational performance and attainment of children. The Trust also recognizes that stable, permanent and affordable housing is foundational for criminal justice-involved citizens returning to communities and a key factor in lowering their risk of recidivism.

This Housing+ Request for Proposals sought to identify and support emerging and existing pilots, models and partnerships in the Chicago region that will remove barriers and create the right policy and programmatic environment to integrate permanent housing solutions into the education, health and criminal justice reform sectors, and to ultimately engender the best and most comprehensive outcomes for families served.

Local nonprofit organizations and government entities were encouraged to apply for funding to support their solutions to supporting comprehensive outcomes for residents in need of stable, healthy and accessible housing.


Organizations who meet the following were eligible to apply for this grant opportunity:

  • Must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or an organization with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent; or a local government entity in partnership with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Must be located within and/or primarily serving residents of the seven-county Chicago region
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in governance, staffing and populations served; and explicit adherence to non-discriminatory practices in hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  • Must be seeking funding for a project in partnership with other organization(s), to be demonstrated in the proposal

Additional Resources

On June 21, Trust staff held an information session to answer questions about this funding opportunity. You can view the slide presentation from this session, or see the Frequently Asked Questions.



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