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Homeless Services

Overview of Our Services

Welcome to PATH Crisis Center's Homeless Services! PATH Crisis Center is a part of the Central Illinois Continuum of Care (CICoC), IL-512. PATH provides the following services related to the experience of homelessness:

Street Outreach

  • Engage with people experiencing homelessness to provide immediate support and intervention (e.g., helping people get into an emergency shelter for increased stability)
  • Providing blankets, coats, gloves, backpacks, sleeping bags, and hygiene kits to those sleeping in places not meant for human habitation
  • Helping people get IDs, Birth Certificates, prescription assistance, transportation assistance, work clothes, and relocation to other cities or shelters when necessary
  • Actively connect those experiencing homelessness to services they qualify for

Coordinated Entry System

  • The main point of contact for the CICoC's Coordinated Entry System, which spans 11 counties in the central Illinois area
  • Assess people experiencing homelessness to get on our Prioritization List for housing
  • Maintain and update the Prioritization List for housing
  • Make referrals to housing projects that participate in our Coordinated Entry System

Continuum of Care (CoC) Planning and CoC Lead Organization

  • Operating and planning for the CoC as laid out in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) CoC Interim Rule. Our CoC includes 11 counties: DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Mason, McLean, Menard, Piatt, and Vermilion
  • PATH submits collaborative applications on behalf of the CICoC for the following grants: Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Homeless Prevention from Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
  • As CoC Lead, PATH will monitor CoC and ESG-funded projects to ensure compliance with regulations, and we are effectively and efficiently assisting those experiencing homelessness
  • Identify gaps in services in the CoC and find solutions to those gaps in services as well as improve existing services
  • Plan and organize the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count and corresponding Housing Inventory Count (HIC). Then submit that data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Hold CICoC meetings as well as meetings for the McLean County CoC Hub

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Organization

  • PATH maintains and operates the CICoC's HMIS database, which securely stores confidential client information for all CoC and ESG funded projects. Other projects in the CoC that HUD does not support are encouraged to participate in the HMIS.
  • Train all project users for HMIS on data entry and data quality across the CICoC
  • Provide data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from HMIS for the Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) and System Performance Measures (SPM).

For more information, contact Erik Zdansky, PATH Homeless Services Program Manager, CoC Planner, and System Administrator of HMIS, 309-834-0549, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More Information About the CICoC

If you are interested in learning more about the Central Illinois Continuum of Care, please visit the website. Please visit the website for any information related to the CoC Program Competition Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or other funding opportunities.