PACE is a program run by and for people with disabilities. If you are struggling with disabilities PACE has the potential to help you achieve or maintain independent living. 

Location: 1317 E Florida Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 

Contact: (217) 344-5433 

Service Hours: Call for more information 

Website: http://pacecil.org/general-services/

Email: info@pacecil.org  

PACE - Center for Independent Living


The Housing Authority provides housing to low-income families, individuals and seniors. Applications are only taken at certain times and typically there is a long wait to get a house through them. In the past, they have often banned people with certain criminal convictions. 

Location: 2008 N Market St, Champaign, IL 61822

Contact: (217) 378-7100 

Service Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm 

Website: https://hacc.net/

Housing Authority of Champaign County 

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Courage Connection Domestic Violence Services provides help to anyone experiencing domestic violence. They provide 3 houses for displaced abuse victims, as well as 6 affordable housing projects. Shelter and services are confidential and free-of-charge.


Location: 508 East Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820 

Contact: (217) 352-7151

Service Hours: Monday-Sunday, 24 hours 

Website: https://courageconnection.org/

Courage Connection


While providing participants with temporary shelter, food, and childcare, this organization also provides self-sufficiency courses, job training and counseling, substance recovery groups and counseling from licensed counselors. Each participant is paired with a spiritual mentor, is required to attend morning devotions and a weekend church service, and is encouraged to participate in weekly Bible studies. 

Location: 1213 Parkland Court, Champaign, IL 61821

Contact: (217) 355-2662 


Restoration Urban Ministries 

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Provides assistance locating affordable housing and with landlord-tenant problems. They produce a monthly list of available, affordable housing. 


Location: Lincoln Building, 44 E Main Street, suite 208, Champaign, IL 61820 

Contact: (217) 352-6220

Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm

Website: http://www.cutenantunion.org/

Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union 

Dark Roofs Housing Complex

Austin’s Place is the only winter emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County. Austin’s Place operates solely on volunteer effort – from volunteers who stay overnight, transport guests, do laundry, make phone calls, etc. The shelter is generally open mid-December to mid-March. They currently open from November 1, 2019 - April 15, 2020.

Intake screening at Courage Connection (508 E. Church Street) from 6:30-7:30 pm each night

​Location: 504 E. Church Street, Champaign

Contact: Aleta Keith, 217-819-4569

Alternatively contact First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Champaign 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820 Contact: (FUMC) (217) 356-9078

Austin’s Place


Hope Meadows is a unique program that changes the lives of foster children, retirees, and families. Hope Meadows provides safe and loving homes to biologic, adopted, children in foster care or the process of adoption, and some young adults living on their own or with roommates in a neighborhood, community setting. Supportive seniors who are entering their retirement years remain active in the program by providing support to the adoptive families in the Hope Meadows community. 


Location: 1530 Fairway Drive, Rantoul, IL 61866

Contact: (217)893-4673

Hours: Residential program 

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Website: https://hopemeadows.org/

Hope Meadows 


C-U at Home engages and mobilizes our community to house and support the most vulnerable homeless on their journey of healing and restoration. They currently provide three homes (Recovery House, Family House, and Women’s House) which allow for people in crisis to re-establish their lives. Spaces are very limited.


Location: 70 E Washington St, Champaign, IL 61820

Contact: (217) 819-4569 

Service Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm-5pm 


C-U @Home


Merci’s Refuge offers residential programs to “women in crisis who desire to rise to their created purpose.” This is a new program of the Pregnancy Resource Center and aims to give women and their families the opportunity to make lasting change. 

Location: 209 E Wilber Avenue, Champaign, IL 61822

Contact: (217) 378-4045 

Service Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

Website: http://www.lifechangeshere.org/

Merci’s Refuge (Women) 

Helping Hands

Cannan offers separate 12-month live-in Men’s SAFE House and Women’s SAFE House programs that incorporate a structured daily regiment of G.E.D. and/or adult education, devotions, group therapy, personal counseling, volunteer work projects, evening community-wide personal enrichment courses, and weekly worship services. 

Administrative Office: 404 W Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Contact: (217) 367-2158 

Website: http://www.canaandevelopmentfoundation.org/index.php

Email: canaanbaptist@sbcglobal.net

Men’s & Women’s Safe House - Canaan Development Foundation

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Offers housing for men upon their release from Illinois Department of Corrections at their site in Rantoul. They offer services such as counseling, relapse prevention, GED preparation, and employment workshops. 

Location: 602 Liberty Av., Rantoul, IL. 61866-0098

Contact: (217) 892 4044

Website: https://jesusisthewayprisonministries.org/

Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry (Rantoul)

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Winter emergency shelter for men beginning Nov 1, 2019 - April 15, 2020. No pre-registration required.

Location of the 2019-2020 C-U at Home, 70 E. Washington in Champaign. 

Contact: First United Methodist Church (FUMC) (217) 356-9078 Hours: 9:30pm – 6:30am

Men’s Winter Shelter 

Publishing House

Their centralized intake works with all agencies providing shelter. 

Location: 1776 E. Washington, Urbana 

Contact: (217) 328-3313

Website: https://ccrpc.org/

Regional Planning Commission 

Residential Housing Complex

Emergency shelter is available for families who meet certain criteria. 
Specifically, families with:

  • One or more parent (or legal guardian), age 18 or over, with one or more child under the age of 18

  • Champaign County residents

  • Family household size of six people or less

  • Head of the household is biologically or legally related to the child(ren)

  • Expecting women with no current children may be housed by the program during the last trimester of pregnancy

Space is limited, and families will be placed on a waiting list if space is not available. Guests will be allowed 3-5 day increments of stay, as long as the guests are actively participating in case management services and working toward finding more stable housing options.

Centralized Intake: 217-819-4117

Emergency Shelter for Families with Children