FAQs

Funding - The following are the major funding sources that flow through the Continuum:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services - Homeless Prevention
    • These funds are designed to assist those experiencing an economic crisis with rent, deposit, mortgage and utility assistance. 
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance
    • These funds provide supportive services and housing programs to those who are homeless.  This includes services like emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, etc.
    • Application is made by the Lead Agency of the CoC (Project NOW) on behalf of the entire Continuum
  • Illinois Department of Human Services - Emergency Solutions Grant
    • These funds were provided to the community to achieve two major goals:
      • Prevent homelessness by assisting those facing eviction or over crowding
      • Rapid Re-house those who are currently homeless by definition of the federal government.  

How do I access funding with the Northwestern Illinois Continuum of Care?

  • The HUD McKinney-Vento funds can be accessed by any entity interested.  “Letters of Intent” are solicited every year (usually in the Fall) and reviewed by the CoC as a whole.  Projects are selected based on available funds and priorities of HUD and the local CoC.
  • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing funding has been allocated to the Community Action Agencies within the 15 counties and Prairie State Legal to prevent duplication of services.  

How do I become a member of the Northwestern Illinois Continuum of Care?

  • The Continuum currently collects an annual membership fee of $25.

How often does the CoC meet?

  • Due to the large coverage area of the Continuum, general membership meetings are held quarterly.  Meeting locations alternate between Rock Island and Sterling/Rock Falls.

Continuum Challenges:

  • The wide coverage area designated to the Continuum makes the ability to gather needs data and community information difficult.  We are comprised of rural and urban areas covering 9,285 square miles in the Northwestern corner of Illinois.  This makes it difficult when meeting as a Continuum to address the needs of each community. 

Other Continuum activities:

  • Point-In-Time Counts:  Twice a year the CoC takes a snapshot of Homelessness in our continuum.  The last 10 days in January and again in the Summer months, information is gathered on those living in emergency, transitional programs.  Volunteers are also used to search known locations of those sleeping in places not meant for human habitation.
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS): The NWIL CoC provides all homeless services providers with the option to implement the HMIS system within their agency.  The HMIS system is an online database that assists in tracking services for those homeless in our Continuum.