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Homeward Bound

788 E. Clay
Decatur, IL 62521
217.362.7700
fax 217.362.7702

Providing services to, providing transitional housing for and initiating programs to improve the quality of life for our area homeless families and individuals.

What is Homeward Bound?

Homeward Bound provides transitional housing, case management and supportive services to homeless persons living in the Decatur/Macon County area. It was established in 1995 from the work of the newly formed Homeless Council Continuum of Care. Now, more than 15 years later, the Homeward Bound program continues to meet its original concept, has added components, and is diligently working to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families.

Homeward Bound is a collaboration of its partnership agencies and is funded through grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Who are the Partnership Agencies?

  • Dove, Inc.
  • Decatur Housing Authority
  • Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation
  • Heritage Behavioral Health Center
  • Community Investment Corporation of Decatur
  • City of Decatur
  • Millikin University
  • Macon Piatt Regional Office on Education

FY13-14 CoC Application


Employment Support
          Services Directory

The Decatur Jobs Council is a coalition of social-service organizations that seeks to eliminate barriers to employment for disadvantaged people in Decatur and Macon County.

The ESS directory is currently under review.  Please check back later.

What is the HUD Homeless Definition:

1. Literally homeless
2. Imminent risk of homelessness
3. Homeless under other Federal law*
4. Fleeing/attempting to flee domestic violence

1. Literally Homeless
      a. Streets, parks, cars, stations, abandoned buildings, etc.
      b. Shelters, Transitional Housing, vouchers
      c. Exiting from institution, AND Stayed there 90 days (was 30) AND came from shelter
          immediately before institutionalization

2. At Imminent Risk
      a. Being evicted within 14 days (was 7), AND
      b. No new home is identified; AND
      c. Lacks resources and support networks

3. Other Federal Law (All New) 2012
     
a. Family with children, or youth only (<25) AND
      b. Homeless under other Federal law, AND
      c. Has not leased/owned home in 60 days, AND
      d. Has moved twice in 60 days, AND
      e. Has specific needs, or at least 2 barriers

Special Needs and Barriers
Special Needs: chronic disability, chronic physical or mental health, substance addiction, history of DV or childhood abuse/neglect, or a child/youth with disability
Barriers: No HS/GED, illiteracy, low English proficiency, criminal history/detention, unstable employment history

4. Fleeing Domestic Violence
      a. Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence (including dating violence, sexual assault,
          stalking or other dangerous violence)
, AND
      b. No new home is identified; AND
      c. Lacks resources and support networks

What is the national average age of a homeless individual?

The national average age of a homeless individual is 9 years old.

Who are the Homeless in our area?

Many individuals and families in our area are homeless and many more are at risk to become homeless. HUD requires all of their funding recipients to conduct a biennial, 24-hour period survey of homeless persons in the areas served.

What is the definition of Chronically Homeless?

(households with at least 1 CH adult were added to the definition in 2011)

Adult
Disability
Homeless for:
         12 consecutive months
          Or 4 times in past 3 years
          The New “4 in 3” Rule Each episode of homelessness must have been at least 15 days long

 

What programs are there to help?

Case Management & Supportive Services

All Homeless persons are eligible for these services:

  • Intensive case management
  • Linkage to job training and employment
  • GED classes
  • Health services
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse treatment
  • Mental health services
  • Budget counseling
  • Parenting classes

Transitional Housing

Homeward Bound houses families and individuals in 18 apartments on West Macon Street in Decatur owned by the Community Investment Corporation of Decatur, a non-profit community development corporation. More than 15 units are available through a leasing agreement with Swartz Properties. Those in housing must take part in the same services listed above.

Intake Process

Homeward Bound clients are referred by staff from emergency shelters and area human services agencies. No formal referral is required. Group orientation classes explain the requirements of the program, and what is expected of participants. When accepted into the program, the Outreach Specialist gathers pertinent information as required by HUD and then a case manager begins working with a client. A participant can be in the program, as long as they are working productively on their individual case plan, for 12 months to 2 years. Six months of follow-up services is available to those leaving transitional housing.
Permanent Housing Program

Elmwood, owned by First Presbyterian Church, opened in 2003. First Presbyterian and Dove, Inc. partnered on the refurbishing of these classic apartments in Decatur’s Historic District. Homeward Bound provides case Management for those living in these eight units of permanent supportive housing.

Harbor Place is eight units of permanent housing for women, with children, who have successfully completed the first stage of substance abuse treatment and are looking for a safe place to continue their rehabilitation. Dove, Inc., owns Harbor Place and Heritage Behavioral Health Center provides the services.

Lindwood, which opened in 2006, is a permanent housing project. Lindwood is eight studio units of permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals. Supportive services are provided by Heritage Behavioral Health Center.

Safe Haven, which also opened in 2006, is a permanent housing project developed by the Neighborhood Housing Development Corporation and owned by the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. The Safe Haven can house 6 to 8 chronically homeless individuals. Supportive services are offered by Heritage Behavioral Health Center, although tenants are not required to engage in those services to maintain their housing. The goal of the Safe Haven is to re-integrate chronically homeless individuals into a ‘trusting’ relationship with helping organizations in an effort to increase their self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

St. James Place SRO's, which opened in 2008, is a permanent housing project, owned by Dove. There are 14 SRO units of permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals. Supportive services are provided by Heritage Behavioral Health Center.


788 E. Clay St., Decatur, IL 62521, Office (217) 428-6616, Fax (217) 428-7256
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