Homeless Services

Homeless Services offer a variety of programs designed to assist homeless individuals in attaining housing stability. The services provided are client-centered, addressing the unique needs of each individual and family served and focused on increasing self-sufficiency. Homeless Services offer programs for individuals in Champaign County.

Programs and Services

  • Centralized Intake for Homeless (CI)—Serves as an access point for households experienA key in the front door of a housecing homelessness. Centralized Intake staff conduct an assessment with individuals to determine their current housing situation and relevant services and supports needed. We make referrals to local community resources based on program eligibility and availability and the needs of the individual served.
  • Emergency Shelter for Families (ESF)—Provides short-term emergency shelter for homeless families with children in Champaign County. During the shelter stay, ESF provides case management support to assist families in identifying permanent housing and other community resources they may need.
  • Homeless Prevention Rent Assistance Program—Provides up to two months’ past-due rent to households at risk for homelessness. Additional services provided include information and referral to community resources, assistance with landlord negotiations, and housing counseling.
  • Rapid Re-Housing—Provides case management and/or financial assistance to assist in the permanent housing of homeless families. Case management support includes assisting with identifying housing, negotiating with landlords, building personal resources, and connection to community resources.
  • Shelter Plus Care—Provides rental assistance and supportive services for homeless persons with disabilities that include serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, developmental disability, physical disability, and/or HIV/AIDS.


Persons served must meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homeless.


Phone: 217-819-4117