Housing and Homeless Resources
Street Outreach to Homeless Youth
Are you homeless or need a place to stay? Having trouble finding the help you need? Call us at 309-827-0377. We offer survival aid, help finding and keeping a job, safety planning, educational supports, legal aid, medication connections, emotional support, and we’ll work to connect you to housing. We can meet you around town or at our office at the corner of Front and Morris Streets in Bloomington. There is no waiting list for services, so we can get started right away. We are happy to share our resources and our connections with you, and help you find a permanent, safe way out of homelessness. To connect with a caseworker and to apply for services, come to our office or fill out the application below. A caseworker will be in touch with you within 7 days.
We also have a 24-hour crisis worker who can talk to you about emergency housing by calling 2-1-1 anytime of night or day.
Are you homeless and age 17-23? A limited number of apartments are available. While you are in our housing program, we will teach you skills to increase your independence, help you find a job and finish your education, and connect you to lots of services. Even when there are no apartments available, we can still help you with jobs, skills, and education. All young people who have filled out an application and are actively engaging in outreach services will be assessed for housing.
Life Skills Classes
Any homeless youth can join our weekly Life Skills classes to learn about budgeting, finding housing, preparing for a job, nutrition, self-care, safety information, and meet other youth with similar experiences. Each class is 1 hour and we serve a light dinner during class. Call us for times and locations at 309-827-0377.
"I once felt alone when I became pregnant, but since I started with in Life Skills I feel I can relate with the other girls and learn from them."
"My caseworker helps me be independent and makes sure I take accountability for the choices I make. They make me reflect on how I can make things better and brainstorm ideas on how to tackle certain tasks."
"Project Oz gave me the support to be independent and make goals that are more achievable."
"My casework is very understanding and resourceful. They helped me get a place to stay when I was put out of the homeless shelter. Getting a job is hard, but housing is my main priority."
"I am growing with the program and it is very helpful to let me live on my own and pay my share."