Need housing assistance?

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To find out if you qualify for assistance, please call us at:

(217) 544-5040

Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine, and our staff will contact you as soon as possible to learn more about your unique situation.

Be advised that due to the Pandemic our office is experiencing an unprecedented high call volume. We receive many calls a day, and we return all calls in the order they are received. 

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Housing Programs

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM

In existence since 1986, the housing program provides male and female individuals with single room living quarters and comprehensive services to enable them to become independent and productive members of society. Clients are required to work with the case manager to identify and address barriers to independent living. Issues addressed include, but are not limited to, substance abuse, violence, life skills, budgeting and financial responsibility, mental and physical health, employment, education, and developing a healthy support network. Residents may participate in transitional housing for up to 24 months before moving to permanent housing.
 

HOUSING ADVOCACY SERVICE

(NORMAN PROGRAM)

This program is contracted through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. A housing specialist works with families, who are at risk of losing custody of their children due to homelessness or near homelessness, to find safe, affordable housing and keep the family unit intact. Supportive services are provided to help the family address the issues that brought them to this crisis and to help to stabilize them before, during and after housing placement.

 

ILLINOIS STATEWIDE HOUSING PROGRAM (ISHOP)

This program is to assist HIV+ individuals with housing referrals, rent, deposit, mortgage and utility assistance. The program encompasses both long-term and short-term assistance and is offered in 64 central and southern counties.

PERMANENT HOUSING PROGRAM

This program offers permanent housing to adult males and females living with a disabling condition (primarily HIV). Individuals living in permanent housing are afforded case management, advocacy and other supportive services.
 

COMMUNITY-BASED PERMANENT HOUSING 

The same services as our site based permanent housing except apartments are located throughout the community and serve those who are homeless or chronically homeless. Two PSH programs offer housing to chronically homeless, HIV+ individuals and disabled individuals.

 

COOK STREET RENAISSANCE

A 19-unit apartment complex providing affordable housing to low and extremely low-income individuals. The program also offers other support services to foster stability including case management, life skills groups, HIV awareness education, free safe sex kits, food and household pantry, transportation and access to other community services through the referral process.

YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAM (YIC)

This program is also contracted through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The program assists youth (17-21 years old) who are former wards of the state to prevent them from becoming homeless or assist with issues of homelessness which are a result of being released from the states foster care system.

REINTEGRATION PROJECT

The HIV Reintegration Project assists individuals, who have been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities or County/City Jails and are HIV+. The program works to identify and secure housing, health and social service in “downstate” Illinois. The primary goal of the Project is to prevent the spread of HIV to the and enable more productive lifestyles. Other goals of the Project are to ensure medical compliance, develop a “continuity of care” service and referral system for the client and reduce recidivism to incarceration.

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