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Lawson House programs transition to RSSI

Tue, Aug 13, 2013

“After careful consideration and thoughtful planning,” Northwestern Memorial Hospital is transitioning operations of its permanent housing beds at the Lawson House YMCA, 30 W. Chicago Ave., to Renaissance Social Services (RSSI).

The 14 clients now in the Emergency Housing Program (EHP) would be placed in permanent subsidized housing by mid-August, Northwestern Memorial spokesperson Sheila Galloro said in an email. RSSI is also taking over 10 beds at Union House and 20 beds at Carter House by late August, Galloro said. Both programs had been located at the Lawson House YMCA.
RSSI is a social services agency that specializes in subsidized housing for homeless disabled individuals and recovery services; it is a member of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness/Emergency Fund, which serves as the Chicago Continuum of Care. This continuum prepares Chicago’s annual application for more than $50 million in federal funds against homelessness.

“This transition will allow us to focus on medical level care for these residents, who will continue to receive psychiatric care through Northwestern’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry’s outpatient program,” Galloro said.

The programs at RSSI will remain federally funded, Galloro wrote. “We have worked closely with our partners at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and RSSI to ensure a seamless transition with no gaps in service for residents in both programs.

“Northwestern Memorial has supported Lawson House for nearly four decades and our support of its residents will continue,” she wrote. Lawson House residents will continue to receive primary and preventative care from the Northwestern-affiliated Denny Primary Care and Preventative Medicine Clinic. “They will also continue to have access to our inpatient and outpatient mental health services.”

By Suzanne Hanney
StreetWise Editor-In-Chief

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