Chicago Homeless, Housing First, Ending Homelessness
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness


The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness secures and administers two major sources of funding for Chicago's homeless service system: HUD McKinney-Vento funds, and State Homeless Prevention Funds.

HUD McKinney-Vento Funds

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the largest single source of funding for homeless services in Chicago. HUD funding is currently authorized by the McKinney-Vento Act. In 2007, HUD funding for Chicago totaled $50.1 million and supported more than 130 programs across the city.

HUD issues an annual "SuperNOFA" (Notice of Funds Availability) to solicit applications from localities nationwide. In response, the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness compiles and submits a lengthy application to HUD, totaling 3,300 pages in 2007. For more information on Chicago's SuperNOFA process, click here.

In November 2007, the Alliance completed an analysis of HUD funding for Chicago between 2003 and 2007. This analysis showed that Chicago has increased its HUD funding by 50 percent during that time, and that these funds were used to advance the goals of Chicago's Plan to End Homelessness. To view White Paper: Trends in HUD Funding for Chicago 2003-2007, click here. The Alliance also completed an analysis of future funding through the HUD process. To view White Paper: Future HUD Funding for Chicago, click here.

State Homeless Prevention Funds

The Illinois Department of Human Services provides funding for preventing homelessness through its Homeless Prevention Program.

The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness submits an annual application to secure these funds, which are then distributed by our partner, the Emergency Fund, and numerous collaborating agencies across the city.

In 2007, the Alliance secured $3.3 million in prevention funds from the state. The Emergency Fund raised an additional $1.2 million in prevention funds from non-government sources.

These funds are the key to helping many individuals and families avoid losing their housing and becoming homeless. Specific uses include rent, utilities, security deposits, and supportive services to prevent homelessness. The program also helps people connect with other resources, such as food stamps or assistance with energy costs.