The Illinois Housing Development Authority’s 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program will open an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For help with an application, call BEDS at (708) 354-0858.
Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization
Our Homelessness Prevention and Stabilization service helps hundreds of households in temporary crisis whose housing is threatened. Sudden job loss, reduced pay, medical expenses and other disruptive, one-time events put people who are living paycheck to paycheck at immediate risk of homelessness. They are already rent-burdened and lack the resources to navigate even a short-term crisis. This is where BEDS Plus steps in.
Through a mix of public and private funds, BEDS Plus offers eligible clients:
- limited rental assistance
- coverage of rent arrears
- utility payments
- short term transportation and childcare expenses associated with keeping or obtaining employment
- financial coaching
Eligibility is based on need and proof of a temporary crisis that has been resolved. Documentation must be provided for the crisis.
BEDS has prevention assistants who can help navigate the process for applicants, and we have language proficiency in Spanish, Arabic and Polish.
Learn more about our 2020 rental assistance program
Manager of Stabilization Services Joann Boblick discusses prevention with Presbyterian Church of Western Springs
Another way BEDS Plus prevents homelessness is through our Homelessness Diversion program. Diversion funding is used to keep families from having to enter the emergency overnight shelter system. They are literally homeless — usually for the first time — and through quick, short term intervention that secures a motel room, they are stabilized and re-housed through other funding streams.
Diversion funds shelter a family through a residential motel or other non-sheltered living arrangement until they have qualified to enter a Rapid Rehousing or Permanent Supportive Housing program, typically within 30 days.
Families eligible for Homelessness Diversion services receive:
- regular case management support and service connection with health, behavior health and life skills training
- care coordination with school and community-based providers
- assistance with employment search and educational opportunities
To qualify for Homelessness Diversion, the following documentation is required:
- Documentation of imminent homelessness or need for emergency shelter
- Commitment to a plan for self-sufficiency within the program term.
Short-term Stabilization Services
Our short-term stabilization services provide case management services and linkages to mainstream resources to households that do not qualify for homeless prevention financial assistance.
BEDS Plus Care forms part of the Suburban Cook County Continuum of Care. Households seeking Homeless Prevention assistance should first contact Entry Point at (877) 426-6515 or visit an Entry Point walk in center. Depending on their original location, they may be directed to another homeless services agency.