Since the inception of its founding, Renaissance Social Services has taken a two-fold approach to providing quality housing to Chicago’s homeless, which rests on the separation between supportive services and building management. This clear split was initially desgined by Nancy Kapp, a for-profit developer of affordable housing and founder of RSSI, who realized that the low-income residents in the buildings she developed and managed needed more than a safe place to live. Kapp also recognized the residents wanted help with the skills necessary to escape the cyclical nature and systemic issues of poverty. With a push for a collaboration between business sector stakeholders and non-profit organizations within the community, Kapp founded the Board of Directors for Renaissance social Services Inc., and since that time, RSSI’s values and approach have been an integral aspect to Chicago’s supportive housing community.
Working with a multi-faceted client base, RSSI collaborates with developers and managers of affordable housing units to create environments in which their clients feel safe and comfortable within the space of their own homes. Over the course of working in the field, RSSI’s clients served have suffered from particular health issues that render housing affordability a more arduous task: 91% have mental health issues, 78% have substance abuse issues, 27% have physical health issues, 11% have suffered from domestic violence and 10% have HIV/AIDS. Bearing in mind the unique situations of every client, RSSI works carefully alongside disabled individuals and families to help facilitate the housing application process.
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