Welcome to the Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness
On any given night in Illinois, an estimated 11,947 people are living in shelters and transitional housing programs, in parks and abandoned buildings, in cars and in barns. In addition to Illinois residents who are experiencing literal homelessness, tens of thousands of Illinois families live temporarily and unstably with family and friends.
In September 2021, Governor JB Pritzker signed the Executive Order to Fight Homelessness in Illinois. The executive order created two new commissions within State Government and a new position to lead the work: Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness, Community Advisory Council, State Homelessness Chief.
Further advancing the work of the Executive Order, on July 26, 2023, Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB2831 codifying the Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (Task Force), the Community Advisory Council on Homelessness, (Advisory Council), and the permanency of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH). HB2831, codified as Public Act 103-0269, requires submission of an annual report to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly on the progress towards ending homelessness. Launched on July 1, 2022, Home Illinois 2022-2024 (pdf) provides the strategic direction of State activities towards fighting homelessness. This report includes progress on activities for the plan.
Home Illinois 2022-2024 establishes the foundational framework for Illinois to meet the goals outlined in Public Act 103-0269 (HB2831).
- Home Illinois, Illinois' Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness sets the foundational vision to ending homelessness in the state through both established and new innovative strategies. Illinois residents, community agencies and state government will work together to prevent entries into shelter. When literal homelessness does occur, the experience will be brief and one-time.
- The Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness - The Task Force is charged with delivering a State plan on homelessness and delivering it to the Governor and General Assembly. The key purpose of the Task Force is to coordinate strategy, effort, and impact to programs for persons experiencing homelessness and housing instabilities.
- The Community Advisory Council on Homelessness - The Advisory Council provides guidance and recommendations to the Task Force on the strategy and implementation of the Illinois Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The representation on the Advisory Council is representative of rural, urban, and suburban communities.