The Community Advisory Council on Homelessness


The Community Advisory Council shall meet at least four times a year.

The Council's Annual Recommendations

The Illinois Community Advisory Council on Homelessness' recommendations to the Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness, delivered November 15th, 2023

Board/Commission/Task Force Requirements

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The Community Advisory Council shall consist of diverse stakeholders that represent the goals and population described in this executive order, to be appointed by the Governor. Members should be geographically diverse to represent the needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities across Illinois. The Chief may include any State agency staff that they deem necessary as ex officio, non-voting members of the Community Advisory Council.

Name Organization Appointment Expiration Date
Sandy Deters Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc 2/7/2025
Otha Gaston Lived Experience - Chicago 2/7/2025
Christine Haley* Illinois State Homelessness Chief 2/7/2025
Jennifer Hill Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County 2/7/2025
Niya Kelly Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 2/7/2025
Brandie Knazze Chicago Department of Family & Support Services 2/7/2025
Open Representative of a Behavioral Health Advocacy Organization
Ron Lund Project Now 2/7/2025
Tamela Milan Alexander Collaboration on Child Homelessness - IL 2/7/2025
Open Representative of Local Unit of Government
John Herring Executive Director, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living Representative of Disability Community
Brenda O'Connell Lake County 2/7/2025
Debbie Reznick* Polk Bros. Foundation 2/7/2025
Open Member at Large
Susan Reyna-Guerrero Covenant House 2/7/2025
Carolyn Ross All Chicago 2/7/2025
Richard Rowe Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing 2/7/2025
Nicole Wilson Heart of Illinois United Way 2/7/2025
Linda Warner Executive Director, Stopping Woman Abuse Now, Inc. (SWAN)
Open Provider of Homeless Response System
Open Provider of Homeless Response System
Open Provider of Homeless Response System
Open Provider of Homeless Response System

* Co-Chair