Request for Proposals: Housing+Health

Supporting 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 health sector, and ultimately to engender the best and most comprehensive outcomes for the families served


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About this funding opportunity

In 2017, The Chicago Community Trust committed to supporting innovative partnerships that center on the impact of quality, accessible, and permanent housing by launching its pioneering Housing+ program. Through 2017 and early 2018, the Trust awarded 16 grants to strengthen the connections between permanent housing and better outcomes in criminal justice recidivism reduction, health, and educational attainment and performance through coordinated service delivery, advocacy, and research.

In order to better support and facilitate learning in this field, and build from lessons learned over the course Housing+ funding, the Chicago Community Trust is funding specifically in Housing+Health in 2018. The Trust calls for proposals that are piloting new approaches and documenting their outcomes and challenges. We are interested in supporting efforts that are primarily seeking to provide access to permanent supportive housing and, through partnerships and advocacy, to create outcomes in the health domain. The types of proposals sought include:

  • Promising demonstration pilots and programs supported through strong cross-sector partnerships
  • Joint programming that connects those most affected with coordinated permanent housing and health services
  • Planning, research and evaluation of piloted or proposed interventions
  • Expansion of existing cross-sector partnerships and successful programming, as demonstrated through evaluation
  • Coalition building and policy advocacy across disciplines to affect systems change that support work and better coordination at the intersections of housing and health
  • Efforts that leverage and coordinate resources across disciplines, remove barriers to the use of these resources and document outcomes of new models for resource allocation



Any stakeholder involved in bettering Chicago’s housing and health arenas was encouraged to apply, especially those that have a demonstrated impact on residents of Cook County.

  • Nonprofit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or those using a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, or local government entities in partnership with a 501(c)(3)
  • Organizations located within and/or primarily serving residents of Cook County
  • Organizations with a commitment to diversity and inclusion for their governance, staffing and populations served; and explicit adherence to non-discriminatory practices in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
  • Demonstrated partnership(s), as documented in the proposal narrative and budget


Help & Information

We prepared a list of Housing+Health frequently asked questions for guidance for nonprofits preparing an application. There were also two information sessions held in May to provide details and answer questions about this funding opportunity. View the presentation deck from these sessions for more insight.



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