Housing & Utilities Resources

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Emergency Housing

If you are in urgent need of housing, please contact the Student Assistance Center at 217-333-0050. If the office is closed, you can contact the Emergency Dean.

If you would like to discuss staying on campus during academic breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring) due to experiencing homelessness, please schedule an appointment with the UIUC House Liaison, Abisola Smith. To schedule an appointment, please call 217-333-0050.


Homeless Services

  • Centralized Intake
    Phone: 217-819-4117 | Email:

    Serves as a coordination point for households experiencing homelessness. Centralized Intake staff coordinate with the homeless services providers in Champaign County to link households experiencing homelessness with permanent housing program options when there are program vacancies. They make referrals to local community resources based on program eligibility and availability and the needs of the individual served.

  • C-U at Home Men's Shelter
    Phone: 217-819-4569 | Email:

    Overnight shelter for men provided upon successful intake.

    Start Date & Time: Open every night from 8:30 pm-7:00 am

  • Austin's Place — Shelter for Women
    Phone: 217-819-4569 | Email:

    Overnight shelter for women provided upon successful intake. Showers and laundry are available during shelter hours.

    Start Date: Open every night from 8:30 pm-7:00 am

  • Strides Shelter
    Phone: 217-403-6150 | Contact Us

    Strides operates as a low-barrier emergency shelter and resource center for adults experiencing homelessness. The program strives to reach a population of community members who are often seen but overlooked. Strides does not require sobriety, abstinence, or a criminal background check to participate in services. The shelter offers street outreach, case management, daytime services, including laundry and showers, as well as group programming.

    Service Hours: 8:00 am-6:00 pm

    Administrative Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

    Location: 70 E Washington Street, Champaign


Rent Assistance

  • Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
    Phone: 217-328-3313 | Email:

    The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is an intergovernmental membership organization that provides a variety of programming in the areas of regional, environmental and transportation planning; economic, community, and workforce development; social services; early childhood education; and technical assistance in East Central Illinois.

  • City of Champaign Township
    Phone: 217-403-6120

    The City of Champaign Township offers assistance for those living within Champaign city limits and meet additional eligibility criteria.

  • Cunningham Township
    Phone: 217-384-4144

    Cunningham Township Supervisor's Office provides a safety net for low-income households in Urbana. They provide General Assistance, Rental Assistance, Utility Assistance, Food Support, Homeless Services, Transportation Assistance, Advocacy, and Support for Social Service partners serving Urbana residents.

  • Bridgewater-Sullivan Community Life Center
    Phone: 217-850-7628
  • Salvation Army Housing Assistance
    Phone: 217-373-7832 ext. 251

Utility Assistance

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
    Phone: 217-384-1226

    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal and state-funded utility assistance program in Champaign County. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their energy costs and helps to educate them to conserve energy, lower their costs, and work toward financial self-sufficiency.

  • Warm Neighbors Cool Friends
    Phone: 217-373-7832

    Warm Neighbors Cool Friends is a partner program through Ameren Illinois that helps low-to-moderate income individuals and families with power bill assistance who do not qualify for federal assistance. Salvation Army is the local provider for Champaign County residents.