• FY 24 IDHS Emergency Solutions and Homelessness Prevention Grant Funding Process is Open

    Emergency Solutions Grant Letter of Intent

    Letters of Intent for Emergency Solutions Grant Funding are due by 5 PM on Thursday, April 27th.

    Review the IDHS Emergency Solutions Grant Manual here.

    Complete the ESG LOI here.

    IDHS Homelessness Prevention Grant LOI

    Letters of Intent for Homelessness Prevention Funding are due by 5 PM on Thursday, May 4th.

    Review the DHS Homelessness Prevention guidelines here.

    Complete the HP LOI here.

    Also please review the following information from IDHS regarding ESG.

    The following housekeeping items need to be taken care of BEFORE you can receive a contract for ESG or other state funds. 
    To be eligible for a contract, all grantees must complete the Registration &Pre-Qualification Process which includes the following:

    • Update SAM registration and receive Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).  This MUST be updated YEARLY!
    • Be registered in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State
    • Complete the Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) – The ICQ is done only once per entity per fiscal year
    • Complete the Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance – The Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance is to be completed for every provider for each grant you are applying for from the State of Illinois annually. 

    Make sure you are registered with the GATA/CSFA system.  The system will automatically check your registrations with the above-mentioned systems. It will also check to see if your entity is on the federal excluded parties list and if your entity is on the State of Illinois Stop Pay/Compliance list. If your entity is not up to date on the registrations or is listed on the federal list or Illinois Stop Pay/Compliance list, your application will not be accepted until these situations are resolved.
    If you have questions, don’t hesitate to look on the Grant Application Information and Instructions webpage for helpful user manuals and links to the forms.
    You can also access the application process materials and instructions at:  IDHS: Adult Services and Basic Supports Grants (illinois.gov)
    The following items are available now:

    • Uniform Application for State Grant Assistance
    • ICQ
    • CSA Budget/Tracking System and Registration Information

    Please make sure to complete all prerequisites by May 31, 2023, and send them to your assigned Grant Manager AND the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) email address:  DHS.ESG@illinois.gov
    ·              Please include in the SUBJECT LINE of the email state:  Your Agency Name and “ESG GRANT APPLICATION CSFA #0496” (For example: America Inc. ESG Grant Application CSFA#0496)
    ·              Note: Everything is being tracked by the CSFA number, so it is important that all required materials and correspondence contain this information.
    The ESG Program has provided funding allocations to all 18 CoCs so the SFY24 provider funding application and award letters will be released soon after ESG receives the CoC referrals.
    No grant applications can be accepted for review until these steps are successfully accomplished. (Only after your entity has completed the above registration/pre-qualification steps will a state agency be allowed to accept your grant application for consideration, and that application must still be submitted by the respective due date.)

  • Site Under Construction

    Site Under Construction

    Unfortunately our website was mistakenly deleted by our previous hosting provider the week of August 15th. While we try to find resolution to that challenge, we are updating this new site as quickly as possible with important information. If you are looking for information that has not been updated yet, please reach out to the HCoC Coordinator at heartlandcontinuumofcare@gmail.com for assistance.

  • Our Plan

    Our Plan

    The Heartland Continuum of Care (HCoC) and community partners worked with consulting groups Homebase and LathanHarris, Inc. to develop a community-wide strategic to address homelessness in Springfield and Sangamon County. We hope you will join us in the collaborative work needed to implement the plan and reach functional zero by 2028.

    You can view and download Springfield & Sangamon County’s 2022-2028 Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness here.

    Additional resources and information about the strategic plan:
    Press Release on the Strategic Plan’s Completion
    Strategic Plan One Pager

    Check out the October 2022 Citizen’s Club presentation for more information on the plan and homelessness in Springfield and Sangamon County.

    If you have questions about the plan or would like to connect with the Heartland Continuum of Care to talk more about it, please fill out the form below.

    Funding for the strategic planning process, totaling $160,000, was provided by the City of Springfield, Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, Memorial Health, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Sangamon County, Springfield Housing Authority, SIU School of Medicine, and United Way of Central Illinois.

    Members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee
    Amy Voils MERCY Communities
    Andy Van Meter Sangamon County Board Chairman
    Becky Gabany Memorial Medical System
    Dominic Watson Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield Project
    Jackie Newman Springfield Housing Authority
    Jilnita Johnson Helping Hands
    Jim Langfelder Mayor of Springfield
    Juan Huerta City of Springfield
    Kim Luz HSHS Hospital System
    Marcus Johnson Springfield Urban League
    Ricky Reece Community Member
    Stacy Reed Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
    Vea Crawford Community Member

    Updates from throughout the Process
    Community Update – Volume 1
    Community Update – Volume 2
    Community Update – Volume 3
    February 10 Community Update

  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Homelessness is a community challenge that requires a community response. In Springfield and Sangamon County, community members and partners come together in incredible ways to support our neighbors who are unhoused.

    These resources may help you find a way to get involved:

  • Grant Information

    Grant Information

    The Heartland Continuum serves as the primary HUD designated body with the mandate to develop, coordinate, and implement long range plans meeting the needs of homeless persons within the Heartland of Sangamon County. 

    Find the most up to date information about grants at the links below.