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Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford area transitional housing programs.

Housing programs in the so called Heart of Illinois are extensive. They range from emergency shelters to more longer term transitional housing assistance. Some of the leading non-profits and agencies in the region are below. They support residents of the counties of Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford as well as Kewanee and Streator Illinois. If a location is not near you, then you can call for referrals to a center that may be more convenient.

Case managers focus on addressing the immediate crisis, and this will normally involve placing a family into a shelter. Then the client or homeless person will move into a transitional housing program is an area such as Peoria. As this occurs, individuals will need to enroll into longer term case management type services.

Throughout this process, they can also receive free food, meals, job training and more. Staff will also help individuals both find and move into a new home in the region. This can include any of the towns or counties in Illinois.

Center for Prevention of Abuse
720 W. Joan Ct.
Peoria, Illinois 61614
Telephone number is (309) 691-0551
Numerous services are offered for victims of domestic violence, including women and children. The emergency shelter services available at the center include transitional apartments, counseling, and assistance from specialists in obtaining community resources. For example, get help in acquiring work referrals and employment skills.

Pekin Center for Domestic Abuse
Pekin, Illinois 61554
Call (309) 477-3066
This is very similar to the agency/non-profit listed above. Assistance is for women, children, and anyone who was the victim of abuse. While short term housing is offered, other support can include legal advocacy, referrals, and help in applying for government benefits, among other programs.




Dream Center Peoria
714 Hamilton Blvd
Peoria, IL 61603
Telephone number is (309) 676-3000
Emergency shelter as well as transitional housing programs are offered across the region. Clients can also find resources, referrals, and more. Additional assistance can include information on section 8 housing vouchers, clothing, and other low income programs for Peoria residents. Note that for the use of the emergency shelter and transitional/housing shelter, the Dream Center will take women, children, and men with children.

Esther House
(309) 689-0915
The non-profit serves as a faith-based facility/shelter for women, including single parents and pregnant women in Tazewell or Marshall County.

Project Now
Main address: 207 W. 2nd St.
Kewanee, IL 61443
Main number is (309) 852-4565

Salvation Army-Pekin-Rust Transitional Center
235 Derby Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 478-7878
Programs include the Rust Transitional Center. Assistance is also available for senior citizens, youth, and the homeless in the community. Some emergency rental or deposit funds may be offered too.

Salvation Army-Peoria
417 NE Adams Street
Peoria, Illinois 61603
(309) 655-7272
The non-profit offers a homeless shelter, food pantry, and soup kitchen. Special holiday programs are offered for veterans as well as their family members. Any funding is very limited.

New Promise Center at South Side Mission
1127 S. Laramie St.
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 676-4604
The non-profit New Promise Center is a housing and social service ministry of South Side Mission. The focus is on supporting homeless women and women with children.





Regional shelters

Children's Home Association of IL - Academy
Main location is 2130 N. Knoxville Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
Dial the center at (309) 685-1047

Crittenton Centers
Main address: 442 W. John Gwynn Jr. Ave
Peoria, Illinois 61605
Telephone - (309) 674-0105
Housing and services are for qualified residents. Case management, clothing, basic health care, and more is offered for people using the shelter program.

Housing Authority of Henry County
125 N Chestnut St.
Kewanee, IL 61443
(309) 852-2801
A number of assistance programs are offered. These include applications for section 8, low income public housing, employment preparation, and information on short term, emergency shelters.

Peoria Rescue Mission
601 SW Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
For intake, dial (309) 676-6416
Many services are available for the homeless. Meals, career counseling, clothing, and other basic needs can be met by people at the shelters.




Greater Peoria Interfaith Hospitality Network
Dunlap, Illinois 61525

Heart House
Eureka, IL 61530
Dial the center at 309-467-6103


By Jon McNamara


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