Homeless Assistance

Are you homeless and looking for help? Call 211 to speak to someone who can help. 

211 is Lake County’s free, 24-hour information and referral helpline. It’s designed to reduce time and frustration by acting as a central access point to the health and human services in Lake County.

Call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898211 or visit 211lakecounty.org.

Homeless Crisis Response System

Homeless services in Lake County are provided by many dedicated organizations that make up the Homeless Crisis Response System. Residents experiencing homelessness can access services such as emergency shelter, housing, and case management through the nonprofit organizations that provide these services.

Lake County Community Development administers federal and local funding that supports agencies who assist residents experiencing homelessness. Lake County does not provide services directly to residents.


Coalition for the Homeless

The Lake County Coalition for the Homeless, also known as the Homeless Coalition, coordinates homeless services in Lake County and serves as Lake County’s Continuum of Care (CoC). To learn more, please visit the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless website at http://www.lakecountyhomeless.org/.

Grant Funding

Lake County has grant funds available annually for non-profit organizations and governmental entities to assist persons experiencing homelessness. These funds can help support emergency shelters, permanent housing, and supportive services. Recipients of funding for homeless assistance must participate in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

If you are an agency that serves Lake County residents experiencing homelessness and are interested in grant funding, please visit the Lake County Community Development website at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/1894/Community-Development. 

Data About Homelessness in Lake County*

*Based on ServicePoint data for the year ending 10/1/19. Does not include Domestic Violence Providers
1,106 people experienced literal homelessness last year for an average of 38 shelter nights per person
661 (70%) are experiencing homelessness for the first time
59% exit to a permanent housing destination
122 returned in 2 years (only 32 who went through homeless housing programs)

For more data about homeless in Lake County, please visit the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless website at lakecountyhomeless.org