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  DuPage County Homeless
      Continuum of Care
  DuPage County Community
      Services
  421 N. County Farm Road
  Wheaton, IL 60187
  (630) 407-6500

 

THE MISSION OF THE DUPAGE HOMELESS CONTINUUM OF CARE IS TO DEVELOP AND SUPPORT EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO END HOMELESSNESS IN DUPAGE COUNTY, IL.

Homelessness is an increasingly reality for a significant number of residents in DuPage County.

A One Night homeless count of sheltered and unsheltered persons was conducted on January 29, 2014.The total number of sheltered homeless persons decreased from 636 to 625 which was a 1.8% decrease.

  • 216 persons in emergency shelter including 20 family units
  • 409 persons in transitional housing including 99 family units
  • 68 sheltered persons were chronically homeless. Of these, there were 66 individuals and 1 family (2 persons).
  • There were 76 youth between the ages of 18-24 in shelter or transitional housing on that night.
  • In the 2013 unsheltered count, there were 29 unsheltered individuals but no family units.

For more complete information please see the most recent Homeless Population Charts under Homeless Demographics (www.dupagehomeless.org/populationchart.asp). The next complete Homeless complete Count is scheduled for January 2015.

 

Important Facts About Demographic Changes in DuPage County

Below are some highlights from the 2012 American Community Survey 1 year estimates. Recent demographic trends in DuPage County continue.

· DuPage County had 66,852 (7.3%) people with incomes below the Federal Poverty Level.

· The number of children in poverty is 22,182 or 10.1% of the population.

· The number of persons in Extreme Poverty is 3.4% of the population.

· The unemployment rate in DuPage County in October 2013 was 6.8% which left 35,891 persons unemployed.


(www.census.gov/acs/www)

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http://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/quick-data/local-fact-sheets.html

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The risk of becoming homeless affects an even higher number of DuPage residents.

Housing Assistance - In fiscal year 2013, 3529 persons in 1340 households received financial assistance for rent, security deposits, moving costs, or mortgage in order to prevent them becoming homeless.

Utility Assistance - In fiscal year 2013, 1174 persons in 349 households received financial utility assistance in order to prevent them becoming homelessness.

Support Services - In fiscal year 2013, 2187 persons in 843 households received case management, legal services, and/or financial counseling to prevent them becoming homeless.
(2013 DuPage Continuum Prevention Providers Survey)

Click on the Homeless Prevention Tab to see more detailed statistics and geographic locations for services.

   
 
The DuPage Homeless Continuum of Care is meeting these challenges through:
  • a well-coordinated, seamless continuum of emergency and long-term housing and support services to people who are homeless;
  • an effective countywide emergency relief system to help people stay in their housing;
  • the Housing First approach- getting persons in housing as soon as possible and following later with their service needs.
  • developing an adequate supply of safe affordable housing to eliminate homelessness.
  Last Updated May 1, 2014