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Need a place to stay? From homeless shelters to affordable housing, this list of area resources will give you a safe place to stay temporarily or get you on the road to long-term solutions.

Mutual Ground

Location: Aurora, Illinois

24-hour emergency hotline:

Domestic Violence: (630) 897-0080
Sexual Assault: (630) 897-8383 

Providing shelter, education, awareness, and a safe haven for individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual violence.

Home of the Sparrow

Lazarus House

Location: McHenry, Illinois

"Home of the Sparrow not only provides Transitional Shelter but also Affordable Housing and Rapid Re-Housing combined with Supportive Services that address the core issues of homelessness. Home of the Sparrow serves single women, pregnant women and women with children.


Approximately 73 percent of the women we serve have experienced domestic violence at some point on their journey. Other reasons for homelessness include unforeseen housing or financial crisis, a death in the family, or a medical emergency. The weak economy and rising cost of living contribute to unstable housing situations.

Home of the Sparrow’s mission is: To Provide Hope, Opportunity, and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Currently, Home of the Sparrow operates:

  • A transitional shelter that can hold over 40 individuals per night

  • 25 Affordable Housing Units located across Northern Illinois

  • 3 Subsidized Apartments geared for very low-income individuals who are not ready for permanent housing

  • An Outreach and Prevention Program with case managers who work with at-risk individuals or those who are experiencing homelessness.

  • A Rapid Re-Housing program that assists people who are homeless to return to permanent housing quickly."

Location: St. Charles, Illinois

"Lazarus House helps people in need find the shelter, food and other support services they need to get back on their feet. Support includes services and referrals to help those in need in our community, to prevent homelessness, and to support the wellbeing of individuals and their families. Lazarus House also helps homeless persons return to independent living with the skills and habits needed for long-term success."

The Housing Authority of Elgin/Kane County

Location: Elgin, Illinois

Family Self-Sufficiency Program: "Empowers individuals to take control of their lives so they may become independent, productive members of their community. FSS provides comprehensive case management, counseling, educational and employment planning, to help income-eligible clients to reach their personal and professional goals."

Wayside Cross

Location: Aurora, Illinois

"For over 90 years, Wayside Cross Ministries has provided restoration and recovery for the impoverished, addicted, and abused. Men, women, and children are discovering new life and new hope.  Aurora used to be the end of the line for people leaving Chicago. Today, Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora is a place of transformation and fresh starts.

Wayside Cross offers six areas of life-transformation through:


  • BIBLE-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAM for broken and addicted men


  • CARE FOR THE CHRONICALLY / MARGINALLY HOMELESS: individual care for the chronically homeless

  • PRISON MINISTRY: spiritual care, teaching parental responsibilities, support for reconnecting with family, and release transition options

  • AT-RISK YOUTH PROGRAM: afterschool support, recreation and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth

  • TRANSITIONAL WORK PROGRAM: reinforcing teamwork and individual responsibility while giving back to the greater community

Wayside also provides meals, transitional housing while in recovery, training, mentors through the local church, and daycare for working women in program."

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