About the Organization
The origins of the Center for Housing and Health (CHH) are connected to the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership (CHHP) research study, a randomized control trial testing the Housing First model of permanent supportive housing and intensive case management for people who were experiencing homelessness and hospitalized. The results from CHHP project were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and inspired the creation of the Center in order to pursue similar innovations to address the barriers that people experiencing chronic homelessness face. This pursuit evolved into the establishment of CHH as a separate 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in February 2010 to extend its work beyond HIV/AIDS by promoting effective housing options for people experiencing homelessness and living with a wide range of chronic illnesses.
In 2020 the City of Chicago committed $5 million to the Flexible Housing Pool to serve at least 200 youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness. The FHP youth expansion will build on existing relationships to continue strengthening multi-sector partnerships.
CHH is committed to diversity and ensuring an appropriate balance of skills and experience on our Board and committees. Our Board is comprised of people of different experiences, backgrounds, and opinions. We believe creating an inclusive and diverse culture improves the effectiveness of our Board and better reflects the diverse populations that we serve. We especially encourage people of color (i.e. Black, Latinx, Native American), those who identify as LGBTQ+, and those early in their career to apply for a position on the Board.
About the Position
We’re looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of bridging the gap between housing and health care to improve the lives of Chicagoans experiencing homelessness by serving on the Board of Directors for Center for Housing and Health (CHH).
CHH is particularly seeking board members with expertise in finance, philanthropy, experience working within or with a Managed Care Organization, affordable housing development; and experience working with the communities CHH serves. Previous board experience is helpful, but not necessary.