While some are complaining, or saying it's just a scapegoat for other issues, I personally think it's great that we are talking about it and that so many people seem interested in helping.
So, I sat down and made a list of places in our area that help provide help to those who are homeless or are on the brink of being homeless. Some of these places I already knew about, but some are new to me (thanks to doing some internet searched!).
So here you go. Places that help, and places you can help provide that help.
They provide transitional housing, mentoring, and other services to homeless families in the DuPage Country area
Glen Ellyn, IL
They provide interim and permanent housing to those who are in need, as well as support services to help people become self-sufficient.
Fellowship Housing Corporation
They help single moms and their children who are homeless or at high risk for becoming homeless with two-year transitional housing and a path to help find permanent housing
Hoffman Estates, IL
They provide services and help to homeless teenage girls (who are often runaways or have been locked out of their homes). They offer both emergency housing and transitional housing
Park Ridge, IL
Journeys the Road Home
They provide shelter and services to those in the area who are homeless, or are at high risk of becoming homeless
They provide emergency housing and transitional housing to men, women and children in the Kane County area. They also have outreach programs to help those who aren't homeless, but are close to it.
St. Charles, IL
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
They provide transitional and affordable housing to veterans of any age and their families
They provide help and shelter to children who are being abused, neglected, or in need of supervision. They have a 24 hour hot-line so they can help at any time
Arlington Heights, IL
Willowcreek Care Center
They offer assistance for food and clothing. As well as health and dental services to those in need. They also provide transportation to those who qualify.
South Barrington, IL
WingsThey provide housing, help, and care to women and their children trying to leave abusive partners
Interfaith Food Pantry (Carol Stream, IL)
Palatine Township Food Pantry
St. Edna Catholic Church Pantry (Arlington Heights, IL)
Trinity Charities Inc Food Pantry (Schaumburg, IL)
Willowcreek Church Food Pantry (South Barrington, IL)
This list isn't all inclusive, there are lots of other places out there to help as well!
And if you don't live local to me, I hope this will inspire you to create a list to share with your friends and family!