ESG CARES Act Funding


Illinois Department of Human Services

Substantial Amendment to the State of Illinois ESG Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) for the State of Illinois 2019 Consolidated Plan - Action Plan


The State of Illinois is receiving approximately $18.1M in the initial round of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. The ESG Program provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Help operate these shelters;
  • Provide essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

CARES Act Initial ESG Formula Grant


171296 IL Chicago $23,712,993

179999 IL Illinois Nonentitlement $18,159,983

179031 IL Cook County $3,049,979

179043 IL Du Page County $1,031,548

179097 IL Lake County $777,472

176000 IL Rockford $636,693

172238 IL Evanston $546,424

175526 IL Peoria $535,321

171332 IL Cicero $520,731

179197 IL Will County $503,772

 Total $49,474,916

Nine entitlement communities will receive direct appropriations in addition to the "Nonentitlement" funds appropriated to the State of Illinois (see Table 1, above). These allocations are from the initial funding announcement made by HUD in the amount of $1B out of the total $4B included as provisions under the CARES Act. The guidelines for the remaining $3B are not yet available, but HUD is expected to release them imminently.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) administers the ESG Program on behalf of the State of Illinois. ESG Funds are typically allocated though a funding formula to Continuums of Care (CoCs) across the state. A CoC is a regional/local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals across the state. In Illinois, there are 19 CoCs that cover every geographic area of the state (see Figure 1, right; and Table 2, Page 2). CoC Geographic Coverage Areas do not perfectly align with the entitlement communities that directly receive ESG appropriations (other than Chicago). For example, the Peoria allocation is for only Peoria whereas the CoC covers Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties. IDHS therefore generally funds every CoC for the ESG Program except for Chicago through the formula allocation. CoCs also have generally been allowed the flexibility to determine how their funding allocation gets distributed within their geographic coverage area as well as determining the funding levels for each of the eligible activities (within some predetermined limitations) after the individual CoC allocation amounts have been provided to them.

Table 2 - Illinois Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Geographic Coverage Area

State of Illinois


Illinois Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Geographic Coverage Area

IL-500 McHenry County Continuum of Care McHenry

IL-501 Rockford/Winnebago/Boone Continuum of Care Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb

IL-502 Lake County Continuum of Care Lake

IL-503 Champaign County Continuum of Care Champaign

IL-504 Madison County Continuum of Care Madison

IL-506 Will County Continuum of Care Will, Kendall, Grundy

IL-507 Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care Peoria, Fulton, Tazewell, Woodford

IL-508 St. Clair County Continuum of Care St. Clair

IL-510 City of Chicago Continuum of Care City of Chicago

IL-511 Cook County Continuum of Care Cook

IL-512 Central Illinois Continuum of Care DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Mason, Menard, McLean, Piatt, Vermilion

IL-513 Heartland Continuum of Care Sangamon

IL-514 DuPage County Continuum of Care DuPage

IL-515 South-Central Illinois Continuum of Care Calhoun, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Moultrie, Shelby

IL-516 Decatur/Macon Co. Continuum of Care Macon

IL-517 Continuum of Care for Kane County Kane

IL-518 Northwestern Continuum of Care Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Whiteside

IL-519 West Central Illinois Continuum of Care Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, Warren

IL-520 Southern Illinois Continuum of Care Alexander, Bond, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson

Additional basic information about the ESG program and eligible activities can be reviewed in HUD's ESG Basics for State Recipients resource.

In order to formulate a proposal for the initial round of the CARES Act ESG Funding, IDHS leadership and staff immediately began an analysis of the existing programs/funding sources administered within the agency that also provide support to the homeless population. This analysis included a review of Emergency Shelter, Homeless Prevention, Rapid Rehousing, and other programming, such as Administration, Data Collection and Street Outreach.

However, the CoCs, as the experts in planning their local homeless response systems of care, are identifying eligible providers as funding recipients and have determined the appropriate balance of funding among the eligible cost activities for their respective geographic areas. Their requests, when consolidated have informed the final funding allocations being included in the initial substantial amendment to the state's consolidated plan - administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).

Funding Distribution & Allocations

IDHS will notify each Continuum of Care (CoC) Representative of the award amount for their region based on IDHS's vetted formula that utilizes local population and other poverty statistics. Tables 3 and 4 (below) show the distribution of funds geographically and the total amounts that will be allocated under each eligible activity to the CoCs across the State of Illinois.

CoC # Continuum of Care Name Program

CoC # Continuum of Care Name Program



Funding Total Allocation

IL-500 McHenry County Continuum of Care $ 422,237 $ 46,915 $ 469,152

IL-501 Rockford/Winnebago/Boone Continuum of Care $ 954,683 $ 106,076 $ 1,060,759

IL-502 Lake County Continuum of Care $ 1,038,158 $ 115,351 $ 1,153,509

IL-503 Champaign County Continuum of Care $ 503,766 $ 55,974 $ 559,740

IL-504 Madison County Continuum of Care $ 525,985 $ 58,443 $ 584,428

IL-506 Will County Continuum of Care $ 1,132,153 $ 125,795 $ 1,257,948

IL-507 Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care $ 761,716 $ 84,635 $ 846,351

IL-508 St. Clair County Continuum of Care $ 638,389 $ 70,932 $ 709,321

IL-511 Cook County Continuum of Care $ 1,875,277 $ 208,364 $ 2,083,641

IL-512 Central Illinois Continuum of Care $ 1,124,924 $ 124,992 $ 1,249,916

IL-513 Heartland Continuum of Care $ 426,521 $ 47,391 $ 473,912

IL-514 DuPage County Continuum of Care $ 1,241,783 $ 137,976 $ 1,379,759

IL-515 South-Central Illinois Continuum of Care $ 865,655 $ 96,184 $ 961,839

IL-516 Decatur/Macon Co. Continuum of Care $ 272,468 $ 30,274 $ 302,742

IL-517 Kane County Continuum of Care $ 873,542 $ 97,060 $ 970,602

IL-518 Northwestern Continuum of Care $ 1,775,407 $ 197,267 $ 1,972,674

IL-519 West Central Illinois Continuum of Care $ 495,771 $ 55,086 $ 550,857

IL-520 Southern Illinois Continuum of Care $ 1,415,550 $ 157,283 $ 1,572,833

Total $ 16,343,985 $ 1,815,998 $ 18,159,983

ESG CARES Act Funding Allocations

Table 4 -ESG CARES Act Funding Allocations Among Eligible Activities

Amount Funding Source Eligible Activity

$4,864,234 ESG-CV Emergency Shelter

$5,265,500 ESG-CV Homeless Prevention

$5,317,290 ESG-CV Rapid Re-housing

$584,639 ESG-CV Street Outreach

$312,322 ESG-CV HMIS/Data Collection

$1,815,998 ESG-CV Administrative Activities

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