- Homelessness remains a key issue facing persons with serious mental illnesses. While the majority of persons who are homeless do not have a mental illness and the majority of persons with mental illnesses are not homeless, a disproporitionate percentage of homeless persons have a mental illness.
- It is difficult and expensive to provide appropriate, recovery-oriented mental health services to persons who are homeless.
- “Housing first” programs are highly successful at maintaining persons with mental illnesses in the community. Illinois has a serious shortage of housing for persons with mental illnesses.
- Illinois has a serious shortage of supported and assisted housing.
- Supported housing is far cheaper than placing persons with mental illnesses in nursing homes or psychiatric hospitals. If Illinois had a comprehensive array of supported housing resources available for persons with mental illnesses we could prevent harmful and expensive institutionalization and the preventable criminalization of persons with mental illnesses.
- Some persons with mental illnesses are prevented from obtaining access to housing due to policies which disquality persons with a prior involvement in the criminal justice system. Recent research shows that these policies are unwise.