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U of I Hospital invest $250K more in housing for homeless

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CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Illinois Hospital will find housing for 25 additional homeless patients.

The hospital will provide $250,000 to finance places for chronically homeless emergency department patients through its Better Health Through Housing program.

Case-management services will be provided by the Chicago Center for Housing and Health .

The program began in 2015 as a pilot project. The initial $250,000 investment assisted 26 patients.

Dr. Robert Barish is vice chancellor for health affairs at the U of I at Chicago. He says lack of housing has been shown to have serious health effects. He says the school reinvested in the program because it's difficult to get and stay healthy without a home base.

Chronic homelessness is associated with high rates of traumatic brain injury, asthma, pulmonary diseases, cancer and more.

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