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Investigation: Chicago Only Distributed 15% of $52M for Homeless

By Adam Andrzejewski

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Two years after the City of Chicago received $52 million in federal funding to combat homelessness, it has only distributed under $8 million, about 15% of it, according to an investigation by the Illinois Answers Project.

The funding came from the American Rescue Plan Act, which gave states and municipalities broad discretion on how they spent the funds. Chicago planned to use the $52 million to combat homelessness, an area where the city has already budgeted $200 million. Unfortunately, many programs are off to a slow start.

The Illinois Answers Project found that the funding was intended to support five programs. The first, called the Rapid Rehousing Program, was meant to quickly get homeless people into housing. Only $7.4 million of the $27.3 million budgeted, or about 27%, has been distributed.

Additionally, the Stabilization Housing Pilot Program, meant to help those with substance abuse and mental health issues, was budgeted at $12 million, though the city hasn’t released any funding yet for this program. Meanwhile, the Re-entry Workforce Development Program, meant to help the homeless find jobs, has only paid out $157,626, about 2% of its $8.2 million goal.

Next, the Rapid Rehousing Services of Gender-Based Violence Survivors program for victims of domestic abuse has distributed $440,691 of its expected $4.6 million. A program for formerly incarcerated people and a shelter initiative have also been created, but no funds have been paid out.

Chicago blames delays in staffing up for its slow rollout. Whatever the reason, Chicago must act quickly, as ARPA requires cities to have a plan for how to use the funds by the end of 2024. Cities must spend the funds by the end of 2026.

It’s a disgrace that Chicago is sitting on millions of dollars that could help alleviate its rampant homelessness.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

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Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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