This case study, written by FSG, focuses on Opportunity Chicago, a collective impact initiative that successfully helped over 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs in the city of Chicago, Illinois from 2006-2011. This case study provides collective impact backbone organizations, funders, and partners with an overview of the initiative and key lessons learned.

Key Facts
Initiative / backbone name:
Opportunity Chicago
Year initiative formed: 2006
Mission: Place 5,000 public housing residents in unsubsidized employment between 2006 and 2010
Geography: Chicago, IL
Impact area(s): Community Development, Employment / Workforce Development, Economic Development

Summary
Opportunity Chicago was a Collective Impact effort composed of government agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and employers that successfully helped 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by connecting low-skilled, low income job seekers to workforce development resources.

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