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General Info on Homelessness

a soft bear old toyClick HERE to read about how Affordable Housing has become a nation-wide problem!

The National Center on Family Homelessness at American Institutes for Research reports that

  • 2,483,539 children experienced homelessness in the U.S. in 2013
  • This represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.
  • This is an historic high in the number of homeless children in the U.S.
  • 98,212 children experienced homelessness in Illinois in 2012-2013

Home of the Sparrow has been a mainstay in McHenry County for over 27 years providing safe and stable living environments in our transitional shelters and housing programs. Our Mission is: To provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Learn more about homelessness on a national level. What is homelessness, Who are the homeless, What are the solutions to homelessness, What are the Federal Government and Non-Profit Agencies doing to end homelessness, Types of Housing Programs and How you can get involved to make a difference. For more information, Click Here!  

general-info-on-homelessness1On June 20, 2010, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released Opening Doors, the nation’s first ever comprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness. Updated annually, the plan has four key goals:

  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2016
  • Prevent and end Veterans’ homelessness in 2015
  • Prevent and end homelessness among families, youth and children in 2020
  • Set a path to ending all types of homelessness

To read more, Click Here! 

Here in McHenry County, a number of government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals work together to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our own backyard through the McHenry County Continuum of Care. The CoC meets monthly to tackle issues such as the lack of affordable housing, need for employment, transportation, mental and medical health care supports and to coordinate care through the services available.

To learn more,Click Here!


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