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City, Salvation Army Establish Triage Program For Homeless

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Chicago has expanded its partnership with the Salvation Army to guide homeless families to a path back to stability.

The city and Salvation Army are expanding a triage assessment program through the Emergency Homeless Assistance Resource Center to determine more quickly what immediate resources a homeless family needs, and what type of shelter to place them in.

"This triage center is really going to allow us the opportunity to expand our local process for coordinated access, and making sure that those seeking shelter or services from the city or any of our non-profits goes to the right door the first time," said Elisa Rodriguez, deputy commissioner of homeless programs at the city's Department of Family and Support Services.

The city has partnered with several non-profit groups, including the Salvation Army, in an effort to reduce homelessness in Chicago.

"We understand that DFSS can't do this alone. We need the help of the non-for-profits, the funders, the stakeholders to make sure that, as a community, we're bringing all the resources together, and, as a community, we're addressing homelessness in the most effective way," she said.

Friday is the WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army. To make a contribution, please call 844-361-8400, 844-361-8400, or click here.

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