Prevention

Prevention 2017-05-05T10:12:52-05:00

The mission of the DuPage County Continuum of Care to end homelessness in DuPage County begins by preventing homelessness whenever possible and ends with ensuring that every resident has their basic needs of food, clothing, and housing met along with achieving their maximum level of self-sufficiency.

Homeless Prevention provides rental assistance, utility assistance and supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. Homeless prevention is designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.

Persons who may be eligible include households that are in immediate danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. The household must document a temporary economic crisis beyond its control and must be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the prospective rental/utility obligations after the assistance has been granted based on current or anticipated income.

Homeless prevention services provided through the DuPage County Continuum of Care network of partners include:

  • Payment of rent arrears to prevent eviction
  • Payment of a rent or security deposit
  • Payment of utility bills and arrearage.
  • Supportive services to prevent homelessness or repeated episodes of homelessness,¬†including:
    • Housing Location/Inspection
    • Job Preparation/Employment Services
    • Counseling
    • Outreach
    • Follow-up
    • Case Management

Homeless Providers Listing (PDF)

DuPage County ESG Program Plan (PDF)

CoC Homeless Prevention Brochure (PDF)