The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) along with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD) have funded "The ISC Housing Navigator Pilot" project to seven Independent Service Coordination Agencies (ISCs). The housing navigator pilot project aims to cultivate and pursue community-based, independent housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through DDD funding, ISCs will hire and supervise dedicated housing navigation staff, create housing match programming, create local housing expert teams, and recruit and track interested individuals in their region. While IDD established the mini-grants to provide seven ISCs financial supports for reimbursement of start-up of utilities, ICDD also partners with High Ground Partners LLC to provide expert technical assistance including program development, coaching, multi-site coordination, cross-system collaboration, and access to relevant training opportunities. The goal is to create a supportive housing coordination model to replicate statewide.
PLAN OF EVALUATION
In collaboration with ICDD, the Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois Chicago will conduct a thorough program evaluation focusing on the process and outcomes of the Housing Navigation Pilot projects. The purpose of evaluation is to document the successes, challenges, costs, and recommendations for improved future housing navigation services. The evaluation is based on CDC's framework for program evaluation including 6 steps: engage stakeholders, describe the program, focus the evaluation design, gather credible evidence, justify the conclusion, and ensure and share lessons learned.