Article By UPP’s Janet Smith Addresses Policies To Reduce Homelessness

Chicago Homeless Under Bridge

In the Crain’s Chicago Business series “Hopes for Chicago” covering the first 100 days of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Janet L. Smith, UIC professor of urban planning and policy and co-director of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, writes that the city should focus on greater support of resources and programs that employ “upstream strategies” to help prevent homelessness and eviction, and to reduce housing instability. Smith also cites research that finds that the cost of such resources would be about half the cost of sheltering homeless for short periods of time.

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