About Office to Prevent and End Homelessness


Coordinating State of Illinois agency strategies and investments and partnering with the community to build a strong safety net and permanent housing for Illinoisans facing homelessness and housing insecurity.


No resident in the State of Illinois lives on the street, in a shelter or in overcrowded housing. Illinoisans earn a living wage that allows them to afford housing in their community, without fear of eviction. When a housing crisis occurs, safety nets supports allow quick resolution to stabilize housing.

Executive Order to Fight Homelessness in Illinois

In September 2021, Governor Pritzker signed the Executive Order to Fight Homelessness in Illinois (EO) effective September 03, 2021. The executive board created two new commissions within State Government and a new position to lead the work:

  • Illinois Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (Task Force): The Task Force membership comprises leadership of Illinois State Agencies. 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 Task Force will make regulatory, policy and resource changes to end homelessness. The Task Force will "make oversight recommendations that will ensure accountability, results, and sustained success; and develop specific proposals and recommendations for action."
  • Community Advisory Council on Homelessness (Advisory Council): 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.
  • State Homelessness Chief (Chief): The Chief serves as the chair of the Task Force and co-chair of the Advisory Council. The EO identifies the role of the Chief to "serve as a policymaker and spokesperson on homelessness prevention, including coordinating the multi-agency effort through legislation, rules, and budgets and communicating with the Illinois General Assembly, federal, and local leaders on these critical issues." As operationalization of the EO commences, the Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (IOPEH) is created to provide administrative support and infrastructure for the cross-agency work of the Task Force and Advisory Council.

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).

Interagency Task Force Membership

Member Organization Position Member Since
Delrice Adams Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Executive Director 2/7/2022
Dr. Tony Sanders Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent
Mary Killough Illinois Department on Aging Director 2/7/2022
Brian Durham Illinois Community College Board Executive Director 2/7/2022
Elizabeth Whitehorn Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director 2/7/2022
Sameer Vohra Illinois Department of Public Health Acting Director
Kristin Faust Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director 2/7/2022
Kristin Richards Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director 2/7/2022
Christine Haley* Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness Chief 2/7/2022
Dulce Quintero Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary
Latonya Hughes Illinois Department of Corrections Director
Brendan Kelly Illinois State Police Director 2/7/2022
Robert Vickery Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director 2/7/2022
Ginger Ostro Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director 2/7/2022
Terry Prince Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director 2/7/2022
Raymond Marchiori Illinois Department of Employment Security Director
Heidi Mueller Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director 2/7/2022
Marc Staley Governor's Office of Management & Budget Deputy Director 2/7/2022
Senator Adriane Johnson Senator 30th District
Representative Lilian Jimenez Representative 4th District
Representative Kevin Schmidt Representative 114th District


Community Advisory Council Membership

Name Organization Position Appointment Expiration Date
Sandy Deters Embarras River Basin Agency Housing Coordinator 2/7/2025
Otha Gaston Chicago Lived Experience Commission Representative 2/7/2025
Christine Haley* Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness Chief 2/7/2025
Jennifer Hill Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County Executive Director 2/7/2025
Niya Kelly Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Director of State Legislative Policy, Equity and Transformation 2/7/2025
Brandie Knazze Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Commissioner 2/7/2025
Open Representative of a Behavioral Health Advocacy Organization
Ronald Lund Project Now Community Services Director 2/7/2025
Tamela Milan-Alexander EverThrive Illinois/Collaborative on Child Homelessness Illinois Community Engagement Director 2/7/2025
Open Representative of Local Unit of Government
John Herring Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living Representative of Disability Community Executive Director
Open Representative of Local Unit of Government
Open Member at Large
Susan Reyna-Guerrero Covenant House Executive Director 2/7/2025
Debbie Reznick* Polk Bros. Foundation Senior Program Officer 2/7/2025
Carolyn Ross All Chicago President and CEO 2/7/2025
Open Representative with Lived Experience
Nicole Wilson Heart of Illinois United Way Vice President of Community Investment 2/7/2025
Linda Warner Stopping Woman Abuse Now, Inc. (SWAN) Executive Director
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

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