Homeless Services

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.

  • Centralized Intake for Homeless (CIH)—Serves as a coordination point for households experiencing homelessness. Centralized Intake staff coordinate with the homeless services providers in Champaign County to link households experiencing homelessness with permanent housing program options when there are program vacancies.  We make referrals to local community resources based on program eligibility and availability and the needs of the individual served. If you are in need of emergency shelter, please contact 211 to be directed to emergency shelter options.
  • 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. E-mail homeless-services@ccrpc.org to seek assistance.
  • Homeless Prevention Rent Assistance Program—Provides 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.  The amount of the assistance is based on household need but is generally the equivalent of one month of rent.  Rent assistance services are 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, download the following Homeless Prevention Rent Assistance Application and follow the instructions for completing and submitting the application. You can also obtain an application at the RPC in Urbana, the Illinois Worknet Center, and the Community Services Center in Rantoul. **In light of Covid-19, contact the locations in advance to confirm if the facility is open to the public.** 
  • 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. Households are referred to program services through the Centralized Intake for Homeless program in coordination with Champaign County homeless service providers.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing-Individuals—Provides rental assistance and supportive services for homeless single person households with disabilities that include serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, developmental disability, physical disability, and/or HIV/AIDS. Households are referred to program services through the Centralized Intake for Homeless program in coordination with Champaign County homeless service providers.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing-Physical Disability —Provides rental assistance and supportive services for homeless households with a household member that has a physical disability. Households are referred to program services through the Centralized Intake for Homeless program in coordination with Champaign County homeless service providers.

Eligibility

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