Homeward Bound

Please call numbers below for issues of homelessness

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Location:  788 E. Clay, Decatur, IL  62522
Business Phone:  217.362.7700
24-Hour Outreach Number:  217.706.6614
After Hours Number:  217.619.5742
email:  outreach@doveinc.org


CoC Ranking Criteria and Renewal and New Projects

Project Ranking Criteria
The Decatur/Macon County CoC (IL-516) uses the FY2021 HUD Ranking Tool as its foundation for
project ratings and rankings. The complete tool is available at


Thisdocument provides details on the actual scoring criteria applied to the Ranking Tool for renewal projects
and new projects.

Project Ranking Criter IL-516


Public Posting - Availability of Grants for Homelessness


Date: 8/19/2021


The Macon County Continuum of Care announces the availability of grants to prevent and end homelessness through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Fiscal Year 2021 Continuum of Care Competition.” The CoC is open to, and it will accept and consider proposals from organizations that have not previously received CoC Program Grants. Organizations that have not received CoC funding in the past are encouraged to apply.



●        Only these basic types of new projects are eligible: Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless and other specific high-risk populations, Rapid Rehousing, Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing, Coordinated Entry, and HMIS. The NOFO provides details on each of these.

●        HUD also will consider applications that serve only victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. These projects must be Rapid Rehousing, Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing, or Coordinated Entry.


Applicants for all new projects must submit a Letter of Intent including the project type and estimated amount of request to the Macon County CoC Ranking Committee. The Letter of Intent must be sent by email to Mary Garrison at mgarrison@millikin.edu by Friday, September 10. All interested organizations are urged to contact the CoC and read the NOFO in its entirely before submitting a letter of intent. Select this link to download the FY 2021 NOFO. Select this link to access critical instructions and guidance from the HUD website.


New projects that have been accepted must complete applications in HUD’s e-snaps electronic grants systems by Friday, October 16.



Applicants for renewal project must indicate their intent to renew and their plans for voluntary reallocation by Friday, September 3. Please submit notify the Ranking Committee by sending an email to Mary Garrison at mgarrison@millikin.edu.


Renewal projects must complete their e-snaps applications by Friday, October 1.



The Ranking Committee will notify all applicants of acceptance, rejection, or modification of their projects no later than October 19.


Please understand that HUD has specific requirements for applicants, including:

·         The Ranking Committee will carefully review the qualifications of the applicant and the proposed project to assure that they meet HUD’s threshold requirements.

·         Projects that (1) are eligible; and (2) that meet HUD’s threshold requirements; and (3) that demonstrate need; and (4) that demonstrate organizational capacity, will be accepted, and ranked in priority order using an objective process.

·         Individuals, for-profit organizations, and unincorporated entities are not eligible to apply.

·         Applicant organizations must use the e-snaps system to submit their proposals. If interested, you are strongly urged to create an “Applicant Profile” in e-snaps immediately. Select this link to access instructions and the log-in page for e-snaps. If you do not have an e-snaps user account, select "Create a Profile" from the e-snaps log-in page. The Macon County CoC will provide assistance with this step upon request.


Contact Mary Garrison at mgarrison@millikin.edu for more information.


pdf of NOFO


2021 Point-in-Time and Housing Inventory Count

for more information please see MC CoC link on home page

For further questions please contact Dove-Homeward Bound Program Director Darsonya Switzer: dswitzer@doveinc.org or Millikin University professor Mary Garrison: mgarrison@millikin.edu.

LINK TO PRESENTATION: https://youtu.be/PrfRpZdBAQ4



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

What is Homeward Bound?

Homeward Bound is the Centralized Intake location for the Macon County Continuum of Care and through a collaboration of its partnership agencies, made up the Governing Board for the Macon County Continuum of Care, and is funded through grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Homeward Bound provides supportive housing, case management and supportive services and necessary referrals 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 20 years later, the Homeward Bound program continuing to meet its original concept, has added components, and is diligently working to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families.

Who are the Partnership Agencies/Governing Board Members?

  • 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
  • Salvation Army
  • Good Samaritan Inn
  • Crossing Healthcare
  • God's Shelter of Love
  • Decatur Public Schools, District 61

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
    1. Streets, parks, cars, stations, abandoned buildings, etc.
    2. Shelters, Transitional Housing, vouchers
    3. Exiting from institution, AND Stayed there 90 days (was 30) AND came from shelter immediately before institutionalization
  2. At Imminent Risk
    1. Being evicted within 14 days (was 7), AND
    2. No new home is identified; AND
    3. Lacks resources and support networks
  3. Other Federal Law (All New) 2012
    1. Family with children, or youth only 
    2. Homeless under other Federal law, AND
    3. Has not leased/owned home in 60 days, AND
    4. Has moved twice in 60 days, AND
    5. Has specific needs, or at least 2 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
    1. Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence (including dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous violence), AND
    2. No new home is identified; AND
    3. 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)

Homeless for:

  1. 12 consecutive months
  2. Or 4 times in past 3 years with each episode of homelessness totaling at least 12 months
  3. 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
  • Life Skills 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 25 other units are available through a leasing agreement property management companies in the area.

Intake Process

Homeward Bound clients are referred by staff from emergency shelters and area human services agencies. No formal referral is required. Intake orientation explains 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 are available to those leaving transitional housing.

Permanent Housing Programs

Permanent Supportive Housing, Dove, Inc. leasing several units throughout the community and these units are used to provide supportive housing to those individuals and families that are eligible for permanent support. Homeward Bound provides the services. Families/Individuals must be homeless, have a diagnosable disability and need continued support services to qualify for permanent supportive housing.

Elmwood, owned by Elmwood I, Inc. h, opened in 2003. First Presbyterian Church 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 Homeward Bound provides the services.

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.