This website represents the efforts of the Continuum of Care for Boone and Winnebago Counties.
The mission of the Continuum of Care is:
To reduce homelessness and its effects on the citizens within the Continuum of Care through the provision of a seamless Continuum of Care system.
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The vision to accomplish the mission is:
To use the services of the community in a cooperative and collaborative manner to achieve stabilization and promote growth of our homeless citizenry.
The coalition of agencies commits itself to three strategies:
To implement a responsive community plan of action that organizes and delivers support for homeless individuals and families to acquire resources and/or skills to live successfully in the community.
To develop new partnerships leading to the preservation of our Continuum of Care core services, system innovations, and possible development of targeted services for underserved homeless populations.
To have elected officials, supported by the media and the community, adopt proactive public policies that support the community plan of action.
Please click on the "Resources" link on the left menu of this page to find information on agencies providing assistance to the homeless population. This listing of agencies is not an all-inclusive directory of resources in northern Illinois, but it will certainly provide a link to many community assistance programs.
All our homeless population asks is that we stand by them. Click Here to listen to a wonderfully orchestrated song performed by the homeless and friends from around the globe. Please click the "Play" button on the site to hear this awesome tribute to our homeless population.
SPONSORS - Thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors, the Continuu on Care PR Committee presents this informational campaign to assist the community in an effort to become better informed about the impact of homelessness in the northern Illinois region.