Housing Programs

2017 CoC Application Announcement – KEEP CHECKING THIS SITE FOR UPDATES!

The City of Rockford Human Services Department in conjunction with the Rock River Homeless Coalition is anticipating approximately $107,742.00 in new funding from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for the Continuum of Care (CoC) competitive grant program. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth.

On 7/14/17, HUD released 2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) information for these grant funds. You can find it at:


Our local CoC application schedule will be as follows:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Request for Proposals for agencies interested in applying for new project funding will be:

Renewal Project letter of intent requirements will also be posted.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017     2:00 – 3:00pm – Public Hearing/Application Guidance at 555 N. Court St. Room 115

Friday, August 4, 2017   9:00 – 10:00am – Public Hearing/Application Guidance at 555 N. Court St. Room 115

Monday, August 28, 2017 by 5:00 PM – Applications for new projects are due to 555 N. Court St. Suite 301

Friday, September 8, 2017 – Coalition will rank project applications

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Selected projects will be posted at the above websites and agencies notified

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 7:00pm – Full application is due to HUD

Click link below for CoC Renewal Project Information

2017 Notice of Funding Availability Project Renewals

Click link below for CoC New Project Information

2017 Notice of Funding Availability New or Expansion Projects

Click link below for CoC 2017 Application Ranking List

CoC 2017 Ranking


The Community Services Division Offers……

Housing Assistance Programs

  • Rapid Rehousing – Assists persons who are literally homeless (living on the streets or in shelters).
  • Homeless Prevention – Assists persons who have experienced a short term crisis beyond their control with rent or mortgage assistance to remain housed.
  • Condemnation Relocation – Assists persons whose housing has been condemned with one month payment of rent at a new location.

Chance4Change/Homeless Single Point of Entry

All literally homeless persons (on streets or in shelters) as well as homeless youth, veterans and survivors of domestic violence access housing services through Chance4Change, a single point of entry for the homeless in our community. They are assessed for permanent housing and a housing plan is developed.

If you are homeless and living on the streets or in an unsafe living situation, please call the Homeless Hotline at Community Action at 1.844.710.6919 and press 5 – or stop in our office during office hours at 555 N. Court St. Suite 301, Rockford.

Foster Youth Housing Assistance Program

Youth who have aged out of foster care aged 18-21 who are either homeless or having problems with housing receive support and services to help them become housed, no referral is needed.  These same services are available to Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) involved families with a referral from their caseworker.

Continuum of Care/Rock River Homeless Coalition

The Rock River Homeless Coalition serves as the HUD recognized Continuum of Care, the decision making body for homeless program coordination for the jurisdiction serving both Winnebago and Boone Counties.  Community Services provides support and technical assistance to the Rock River Homeless Coalition.  Community Services also is responsible for coordinating the application process for the HUD Continuum of Care competitive grant funding that awards funds to organizations that provide homeless services and serves as administrator of those grants.

The Coalition includes a broad representation of relevant organizations and agencies as well as interested individuals charged with:

  • community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness;
  • improving coordination and integration with mainstream resources and other programs targeted to people experiencing homelessness;
  • promoting the quick re-housing of homeless individuals and families
  • improving data collection and performance measurement to ensure program success

For more information and for the latest postings about grant applications, funding and projects, go to:


Special Initiatives

  • Zero 2016 Ending Veteran Homelessness – On December 15, 2016, our community achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness.
  • Zero 2017 Ending Chronic Homelessness – Our current initiative is ending chronic homelessness by December 31, 2016.