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April 6, 2000

Governor Announces More Than $3 Million In Grants To Combat Homelessness

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants of more than $3.2 million from two separate programs to support organizations throughout the state that are committed to fighting homelessness.

"Despite the continuing strength of Illinois’ economy, there are still many people who have not benefited from these good times," Ryan said. "These grants provide funding not only for emergency shelters, but also for programs and services designed to prevent homelessness."

More than $2.2 million will go to help 69 not-for-profit organizations provide emergency assistance to the homeless in communities throughout Illinois. The grants are funded through the federal Emergency Shelter Grants Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). The grants are awarded to programs outside of Cook County that complement existing homeless services, are based on a clear need and can utilize the grant immediately.

Among the organizations recognized is the Lamb’s Fold Women’s Center, managed by Christian Family Ministries in Joliet, which received nearly $75,000, the maximum amount awarded under the grant program. The Center cares for homeless pregnant women and women with young children.

"A highly competitive review of 85 applicants was conducted for this program," DCCA Director Pam McDonough said. "These grant awards recognize the tremendous work of these groups in providing stability to at-risk individuals and families."

"An additional $999,999 is being awarded to the City of Chicago and 60 not-for-profit organizations throughout the state for homeless prevention programs.

""It’s a tragedy when a temporary or unforeseen setback leaves a family homeless," Ryan added. "The Homeless Prevention program helps stabilize families in their existing homes, shortens the amount of time that families stay in a shelter, and assists families with securing affordable housing."

"Through the governor’s recent signing of the Homeless Prevention Act, the Illinois Department of Human Services will provide $300,000 to the City of Chicago. The Chicago Department of Human Services will oversee the distribution of homeless prevention funds. Chicago homeless service providers will refer potential recipients for homeless prevention funds to the Chicago Department of Human Services.

"Allowable costs for homeless prevention includes rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness or repeated episodes of homelessness.

""Persons who may be eligible for this assistance may include households that are in imminent danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless," said DHS Secretary Linda Reneé Baker.

"The family also must document a temporary economic crisis beyond their control, evidenced by at least one of the following conditions:

  • loss of employment
  • medical disability or emergency
  • loss or delay of some form of public benefit
  • natural disaster
  • substantial change in household composition
  • victimization by criminal activity
  • illegal action by a landlord
  • displacement by government or private action; or
  • some other condition which constitutes a hardship comparable to the other conditions mentioned above.

The household must be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the prospective rental or utility obligations after the assistance has been granted based on current or anticipated income.

Homeless Prevention funds are designated for each of Illinois’ Homeless Services Continuum of Care systems. As part of the program, each Continuum of Care system was asked to describe current homeless prevention activities in their area, design an implementation plan for homeless prevention, prepare an outreach plan for appropriate provider and consumer participation, and coordinate efforts with existing homeless prevention agencies.

Below are lists of grantees from both the Emergency Shelter Grants Program and the Homeless Prevention Program.


Community, Organization Award
Alton, The Salvation Army$39,307
Aurora, P.A.D.S., Inc.$44,500
Belleville, The Salvation Army$38,847
Belleville, Women's Crisis Center of Metro East$24,800
Bloomington, Home Sweet Home Mission, Inc.$34,873
Bloomington, Mid-Central Community Action$26,128
Bloomington, The Salvation Army$19,000
Cairo, Cairo Women's Shelter, Inc.$52,200
Carbondale, Good Samaritan Ministries$32,722
Carbondale, The Women's Center, Inc.$17,400
Carmi, Anna Bixby Women's Center$10,200
Centralia, People Against Violent Environments$16,000
Champaign, The Center for Women in Transition$40,422
Champaign, The Salvation Army$32,700
Charleston, Coalition Against Domestic Violence$29,562
Chicago, Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Chicago, Lake County Services Facility: North Chicago$18,615
Chicago, Illinois Migrant Council Facility: Woodstock$20,000
Chicago, Lydia Home Association Facility: Rockford$10,000
Crystal Lake, McHenry County P.A.D.S., Inc.$55,434
Danville, YWCA of Danville$36,150
Decatur, The Salvation Army$13,400
DeKalb, Hope Haven of DeKalb County, Inc.$37,500
East St. Louis, Catholic Urban Programs$24,000
East St. Louis, The Salvation Army$30,000
Edgemont, Call For Help, Inc.$32,073
Effingham, E.V.A.S.$12,800
Eldorado, Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department Facility:
Elgin, Community Crisis Center, Inc.$28,800
Elgin, P.A.D.S. Of Elgin, Inc.$10,382
Freeport, F.A.C.C.$27,440
Granite City, Catholic Charities$20,000
Granite City, The Good Samaritan House of Granite City, Inc.$35,094
Harrisburg, Anna Bixby Women's Center$40,747
Herrin, Williamson County Family Crisis Center$22,480
Hopkins Park, Kankakee County Youth Intervention Agency$36,990
Joliet, Catholic Charities Facility: Villa Park$38,000
Joliet, Catholic Charities Facility: Joliet$40,000
Joliet, Christian Family Ministries, Lamb's Fold Women's Center$74,600
Joliet, Morning Star Mission Ministries$60,681
Kankakee, The Salvation Army$23,000
Kankakee, Victims Assistance Center, Inc.$18,000
Kewanee, Kewanee Social Service Agency$17,000
Marion, Franklin-Williamson Human Services, Inc.$35,020
Moline, The Salvation Army$29,900
Olney, Stopping Woman Abuse Now, Inc.$53,500
Pekin, The Salvation Army$13,000
Peoria, Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service$30,000
Peoria, The Center for Prevention of Abuse$26,220
Peoria, The Salvation Army$46,000
Peoria, The Salvation Army Service Extension$60,000
Peoria, YWCA of Peoria$44,190
Peru, Illinois Valley P.A.D.S.$14,500
Quincy, Madonna House, Inc.$49,000
Quincy, The Salvation Army$40,000
Rockford, American Red Cross$27,286
Rockford, Rockford MELD$11,000
Rockford, Shelter Care Ministries$23,200
Springfield, Contact Ministries$62,000
Springfield, Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc.$35,111
Springfield, Mercy Communities$29,600
Springfield, Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery$17,050
Springfield, P.O.R.A.$73,500
Springfield, The Salvation Army$35,150
St. Louis, American Red Cross Facility: East St. Louis$58,242
St. Louis, The Salvation Army Facility: Hillsboro$52,384
Urbana, A Woman's Fund, Inc.$11,900
Urbana, Crisis Nursery$15,000
Wheaton, DuPage P.A.D.S.$45,000
Wheaton, People's Resource Center$20,000
TOTAL $2,235,350

Homeless Prevention Funds for Illinois' Homeless Services Continuum of Care Systems

Boone County Continuum of Care (COC)
Boone County Housing Authority Belvidere $2,097

Central Illinois COC
Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Joliet 10,856
East Central Illinois Community Action Danvile 10,856
PathBloomington 10,856
Salvation Army Pontiac 10,852

Cook County COC
Catholic Charities N.W. Suburbs PADS Suburbs15,000
Respond Now Chicago Heights49,530
CEDA Suburbs 20,000
Life Span Des Plaines 8,000
Center for Concern Park Ridge 12,500
WINGS Arlington Heights 7,950

Decatur COC
Salvation Army of Decatur Decatur 11,477

DuPage COC
The People's Resource Center Wheaton 23,809
Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Joliet 20,000
DuPage County Human Services Wheaton 20,000
Outreach Community Ministries Wheaton 6,480

Evanston COC
Connections for the Homeless Evanston 12,457

Heartland COC
S.A.R.A. Center Springfield 16,447

Kane County COC
Community Crisis Center Elgin 10,000
Lazarus House St. Charles 7,000

Lake County COC
Catholic Charities of Lake County Waukegan 33,077
Prairie State Legal Services Rockford 7,000
Maristella Libertyville 5,000

Madison County COC
Catholic Charities Granite CityGranite City 16,908
Madison County Urban League Alton34,329

McHenry County COC
McHenry County Housing Authority Woodstock 9,717

Northwestern COC
Carver Community Action Agency Galesburg 6,000
Northwestern Illinois CAA Freeport 7,000
Project NOW Rock Island 4,000
Prairie State Legal Services Rockford 6,000
Robert Young Community
Mental Health Center Rock Island 6,000
Salvation Army of Moline Moline 3,000
Salvation Army of Streator Streator 5,000
Church United Rock Island County Rock Island 10,000
Tri-County Opportunity Council Rock Falls 8,521

Peoria Area COC
Salvation Army of Peoria Peoria 21,000
YWCA of PeoriaPeoria 10,000
Salvation Army of PekinPekin 5,500
Center for Prevention of Abuse Peoria 5,000
Human Service Center Peoria 7,777

Rockford COC
Rockford Human Service DepartmentRockford41,502

South Central COC
CEFS Economic Opportunities Effingham 12,500
Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation Gillespie 8,000
Effingham Victims Awareness Effingham 4,000

Southern Illinois COC
Stopping Women's Abuse Now Olney 3,680
Western Egyptian Steeleville 5,587
Wabash Area Development Enfield 12,900
BCMW Centralia 7,450

St. Clair County COC
Catholic Urban Programs East St. Louis 16,187
St. Clair County CAA Belleville 15,450
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance East St. Louis 10,300
Urban League East St. Louis 15,000
American Red Cross East St. Louis 6,000

Western Illinois COC
Western Illinois Regional Council Macomb 4,000
Two Rivers Regional Council Quincy 8,000
MCS Community Services Jacksonville 6,000

Will County COC
Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Joliet 16,447
City of ChicagoChicago 300,000
Total $999,999


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