Homeless Services offer a variety of programs designed to assist homeless households 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 households in Champaign County.
Effective July 1, 2019, rent assistance services will be administered collaboratively between the RPC, City of Champaign Township, and Cunningham Township. If you are experiencing a hardship that puts your household at risk for eviction, screenings for rent assistance eligibility will be provided through the following options:
- Call or walk-in at City of Champaign Township (53 E. Logan Street, Champaign, IL 61820; Phone: 217-403-6120).
- Call or walk-in at Cunningham Township (205 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801; Phone: 217-384-4144).
- Complete a screening at Centralized Intake for Homeless walk-in hours. Note: Screenings will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; there is a chance that not all walk-ins will be able to be served during the allotted time period.
If the screening indicates that you meet eligibility requirements, you will be provided an application to complete and will be informed where to submit the application once completed.
You may complete an application ahead of time and bring it to your screening. The screening sheet that is provided through completion of a screening at the locations noted above, however, is a required document to complete as part of your application packet. Applications submitted without screening sheets will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted. (Champaign County Rental Assistance Program application)
Programs and Services
- Centralized Intake for Homeless (CIH)—Serves as an access point for households experiencing 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. Learn more about our walk-in assessments.
- 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—May be able to provide up to $600 rent assistance to households at risk for homelessness due to a temporary hardship. 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.