Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

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HIV Housing Helps End Homelessness and HIV/AIDS in the United States

This chapter addresses the syndemic relationship between HIV/AIDS and homelessness or precarious housing. We focus nationally on the United States, and conclude with a case study from the city of Chicago. This chapter reviews a wide number of studies which demonstrate that homelessness or unstable housing greatly impacts the health and overall well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. 

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Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness

(2014)

CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Poverty  titled Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on Programs and Policies.  Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”

Download Journal ArticleWorks in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness

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Evaluation of Chicago's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

(2012)

Working with various social service agencies that provide homelessness services, the research team evaluated the programs and models that have been put into place under the Chicago 10 year Plan to end Homelessness and provide data to make necessary mid-course corrections and improve implementation going forward. The four key components of the project are a qualitative study of homeless clients, a longitudinal client survey, a homeless service agency survey, and a service inventory. 

Initial Results 

Interim Results

Final Results

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Evaluation of Catholic Charities' Homelessness Prevention Call Center

(2011)

CURL and Catholic Charities’ research team conducted a process evaluation of the Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention Call Center’s daily operations, the experience of callers through the Call Center system, the efficiency level of Call Center policies, and system best practices. This evaluation will inform future Call Center planning and programming. Community partners include the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the Chicago Continuum of Care along with the City of Chicago’s 311 service

Download Full Report Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center

Download Summary Report Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center

Dowload PowerPoint Presentation Evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention Call Center

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Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population

(2008)

CURL, in collaboration with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the financial support of the Retirement Research Foundation, embarked on a project to better understand the stories and the needs of this aging population. The Chicago Alliance to End Hopelessness plans to use the findings to help shape the implementations of the Chicago Plan to End Homelessness.  Currently, a group of 10 providers are meeting every other month and planning how to implement the recommendations of the report. The project itself aimed to increase public awareness and influence public policy on homelessness in Chicago.

Download Final Report Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population

Download Shortened Report Homeless Over 50: The Graying of Chicago’s Homeless Population Shortened Policy Brief 

Download Final Technical Report Homeless over 50: The Graying of Chicago's Homeless Population Final Technical Report 

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Finding Stability: An Evaluation of Graduates of Chicago Christian Industrial League's Single Adult Program

(2007)

Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL) partnered with the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago to conduct an evaluation of CCIL’s 18-month residential program. Using a collaborative approach, CCIL and CURL conducted a participatory evaluation to assess how former residents of CCIL’s 18-month single male program experience stability after their departure from CCIL.

Download Final Report Finding Stability: An Evaluation of Graduates of Chicago Christian Industrial League's Single Adult Program

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Connecting Fractured Lives to a Fragmented System: A Process Evaluation of the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership

(2007)

CURL partnered with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to evaluate Chicago Housing to Health Partnership (CHHP). This program uses an innovative housing first model for individuals who are homeless, have chronic medical conditions, and have been recently released from the hospital.

Download Report Connecting Fractured Lives to a Fragmented System: Process Evaluation Report Chicago Housing for Health Partnership

Download Policy Report Connecting Fractured Lives to a Fragmented System: Process Evaluation Report Chicago Housing for Health Partnership

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United Power for Action and Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness Reports - Policy Brief

(2002)

With funding from Department of Health and Human Services secured by United Power for Action and Justice, CURL partnered with United Power for  Chicago Health OutreachDeborah’s Place and Lakefront SRO to evaluate their systems integration demonstration project. The overall goal of the demonstration project was to break the cycle of homelessness by providing services in a coordinated fashion.  

Download Policy Report Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness Demonstration Project - Policy Report

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A History of Deborah’s Place: An Organization Serving Women Who Are Homeless or Formally Homeless in Chicago

(2001)

Since its founding in 1985, Deborah’s Place has provided shelter, food, resources, and support to women in Chicago who are homeless or formerly homeless. Listening to the voices of current and former participants, staff, volunteers, and board members, this report attempts to capture the essence of the relationships of those women who built or participated in Deborah’s Place.

Download Report It's OK Here:  A History of Deborah's Place, An Organization Serving Women Who are Homeless or Formerly Homeless in Chicago, 1985-2000

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