Emergency & Transitional Housing Program

What is the purpose of this program?

The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.

Who can receive these services?

Persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can receive services.

What services are offered?

The program provides funding for meals, shelter and supportive services to non-profit organizations and local governments.

Shelter programs in Illinois consist of:

  • Overnight shelters - a place to sleep for less than 12 hours.  Meals and supportive services are available.
  • Transitional shelters - shelter for up to 2 years with food and supportive services.
  • Voucher shelter - provided by hotels and motels through a voucher program when shelters are full or not available.

All organizations in this program must also provide supportive services to receive funding. Supportive services assist homeless people and homeless families with many programs to help them return to self-sufficiency. These services may include counseling, advocacy, transportation, training, abuse intervention, housing inspection and placement, and follow-up.

How are the services provided?

Services are provided by non-profit organizations and local governments. See the Emergency and Transitional Housing Provider List.

Programs require that:

  • Shelters meet all local requirements and are safe and humane environments;
  • Shelter programs meet local community needs;
  • Shelter programs demonstrate that they can provide quality services and appropriate referrals to assist homeless persons;
  • Interaction and cooperation be strengthened with private agencies to provide an efficient and effective system for service delivery; and
  • New and varied methods of service delivery be encouraged to provide shelter.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY