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Eviction Lab - Eviction Diversion Preventing Eviction Before Going To Court

Since November 2020, more than 8,000 Chicagoans have received support for evictions and related issues through a hotline. Another 1,000 people have received legal services or mediation as they face an eviction case in court, part of Cook County’s Legal Aid for Housing and Debt Initiative. This new eviction diversion initiative seeks to keep people housed by finding solutions to disputes between renters and landlords and avoiding court-mandated evictions during the pandemic.

Homeless Hub - Mental Health

Homelessness, in turn, amplifies poor mental health. The stress of experiencing homelessness may exacerbate previous mental illness and encourage anxiety, fear, depression, sleeplessness, and substance use.

The needs of people with mental illness who experience homelessness are similar to those without mental illnesses: physical safety, education, transportation, affordable housing, and affordable medical and dental treatment.

When providing care to those experiencing homelessness, it is essential to create a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere, address basic needs (e.g., food and shelter), and provide accessible care.

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