Homeless Assistance

Point-in-Time Count Summary Report
The Lake County Community Development Division, in cooperation with the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, conducts an annual Point-in-Time Count. The count, which is usually conducted during the last week of January, produces a snapshot census of the homeless population. Data from the count is available in summary reports.

Grant Funding

Lake County has grant funds available annually for non-profit organizations and governmental entities to assist homeless persons. These funds provide for emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services.

Recipients of funding for homeless assistance must participate in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Coalition for the Homeless

The Lake County Coalition for the Homeless works to meet the requirements of a Continuum of Care (CoC) Program including coordination of homeless services, promotion of efforts to end homelessness and the submission of an annual funding application. The Homeless Coalition meets from 12:30-2:30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Both groups meet at the United Way.

One of the key accomplishments of the Homeless Coalition was the development of a 10 Year Plan To End Homelessness (PDF), which is used to mobilize, advocate and empower community collaboration towards the elimination of homelessness in Lake County.


The County is required by the HEARTH Act to establish written standards ​for the provision of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). The policies that establish these standards are available in Lake County's Policy Standards and Procedures (PDF) manual.


Details regarding information to apply for Lake County Emergency Solutions Grants can be found on the Applicants page.

The application for CoC funds is available from the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless. This is a nationwide competitive grant process. Please contact Community Development staff or the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless for details.

Reporting Forms

Reporting forms for Lake County ESG grantees  are located on the Current Grantees page.

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

If you're behind on your mortgage payments and need help to prevent a foreclosure, you may be able to receive foreclosure prevention counseling through the  Community Partners for Affordable Housing. You can also contact Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northern Illinois.

Eviction Prevention

Prairie State Legal Services may be able to provide legal assistance to renters to prevent an eviction.

Additional Assistance

Find Help Lake County provides information on public service agencies that provide assistance to low-income residents.