Help is Here: Shelter

COVID-19 Emergency Lodging

During the COVID-19 crisis, shelters serving persons experiencing homelessness are working hard to ensure safe spacing of beds while also providing shelter to those in need. On Friday, March 20, IDHS announced that it would make $6M available throughout the state for emergency lodging for people experiencing homelessness. These emergency funds will be made available through local Continuums of Care (CoCs) - local or regional planning bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that coordinate housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. To expedite statewide deployment of emergency lodging funds, IDHS has designated All Chicago: Making Homelessness History to serve as a fiscal agent to coordinate rapid disbursement to CoCs throughout the state. The CoCs will, in turn, work with local service providers to fund solutions tailored to the unique needs of their communities. Options may include hotels, motels, and other safe and appropriate accommodations. To find resources in your area, locate your county contact on this webpage:

Services to Promote Housing Stability

If you need help with rental assistance, utility assistance, or are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, homelessness or are currently experiencing homelessness, you may qualify for our Homeless Prevention program. Call one of our Homeless Prevention Providers or visit our Homeless Prevention Program homepage to see if you can get help now.


If you are currently experiencing homelessness, visit the Emergency and Transitional Housing Provider List to find a shelter near you.