Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois


Community Action Agency



Illinois Valley PADS

1120 Canal Street

Ottawa, IL 61350

PH: 815/433-1292

Twin City PADS

111 E. 29th Street

Sterling, IL 61081

PH: 815/626-2210

Dixon Shelter

805 W. 1st Street

Dixon, IL 61021

PH: 815/288-6818

Illinois Valley PADS

1320 Menards Drive

Peru, IL 61354

PH: 815/224-3047



Bureau County

444 S. Church

Princeton, IL 61356

PH: 815/879-8106

Carroll County

525 3rd Street

Savanna, IL 61074

PH: 815/273-7081

LaSalle County

526 E. Norris Drive

Ottawa, IL 61350

PH: 815/434-0380

Lee County

1000 Washington

Dixon, IL 61021

PH: 815/284-2759

Ogle County

1101 Pines Road

Oregon, IL 61061

PH: 815/732-1301

Whiteside County

401 W. 18th Street

Rock Falls, IL 61071

PH: 815/625-0581

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - Rapid Re-Housing Program
Funding through Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to assist homeless individuals and families to gain or maintain housing.

  • Must be literally homeless (staying in an emergency shelter, safe haven, motel/hotel, street and/or place not meant for human habitation, or fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence).
  • Financial assistance may be provided for short-term, medium-term, rent arrears, security deposits, or utility deposits.

Homeless Prevention Program

Funding provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to assist individuals and families with a one-time assistance with rent/deposit to prevent homelessness.

  • Income under 200% poverty
  • Proven financial crisis within the last 90 days
  • One-time assistance
  • Rent must be affordable no more than 50% of income
  • Must not have received help in the last 2 years
  • Lack financial resources to prevent homelessness without assistance

Emergency Voucher Shelter Program

Funding provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to assist individuals with voucher shelter in an emergency situation to prevent homelessness.

  • Income under 200% poverty
  • Must be literally homeless and unable to stay at a homeless shelter.
  • Must lack financial resources to obtain shelter on their own.
  • Must not have received help in the last 2 years.

Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Funding provided through HUD to serve chronically homeless and disabled individuals. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent return to homelessness. The ultimate goal of the program is to help those chronically homeless find permanent housing without needing support.

  • Must be disabled and chronically homeless.
  • Must agree to work with a case manager on an ongoing basis.

How to apply for assistance

Contact your local Outreach Office. You will need to bring documented proof of homelessness, income, financial crisis and social security numbers for everyone in the family. Additional information may be requested based on your individual circumstances.

Homeless programs


Freedom House

PH: 815/872-0087

HOTLINE: 1-800-474-6031

Hope of Rochelle

  PH: 815/562-8825

YWCA of the Sauk Valley

PH: 815/625-0333

HOTLINE: 815/626-7277


PH: 1-800-892-3375