Empowerment Opportunity Center currently operates a transitional housing program for chronically homeless individuals. These individuals are selected from the Continuum’s Homeless Action Team (CHAT) list. The individuals reside in single room occupancy homes with shared common areas. The individuals in the program participate in intensive case management intended to work them towards being able to maintain permanent housing within two years.
When funds are available, Empowerment Opportunity Center can shelter low-income homeless families in an area motel and provide meals for a limited amount of time. During that time, the family is required to work toward stabilizing their family and look for a more permanent place to stay. The Emergency/Transitional Housing Grant through the Illinois Department of Human Services provides for the cost of shelter and some meals.
Rent And Mortgage Assistance
Payments for rent or mortgage will be made for individuals or families with a verifiable COVID related income reduction. This can include layoffs, hours reduction, leaving employment due to schools closing among other things. Proof of a COVID emergency will be required at the time of application.