To strive for the elimination of homelessness in suburban Cook County through the coordination and maximization of available resources to assist homeless individuals and families. The Alliance serves as a convener for the collaborative, community-based endeavors of homeless service providers, affordable housing developers, local governments, foundations and the private sector.
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County is a non-profit organization responsible for planning and coordinating homeless services and housing options for all of Cook County outside of Chicago and Evanston. Cook County is an urban county that includes 956 square miles of the upper northeastern section of State of Illinois. With a population of approximately 5.4 million people, it is the second most populous county in the nation. The County contains 133 municipalities within its boundaries. The cities of Chicago and Evanston each have their own Continuum of Care. The Alliance service area includes the other 131 municipalities, which cover 573 square miles within 30 suburban Townships of Cook County.
The Alliance organizes its work for homeless assistance at the local grassroots level. Three Community Based Service Areas (CBSAs) serving the north, west, and south areas of suburban Cook County--form a collaborative system, sharing information, referral, shelter, and service delivery within their local communities. The key to the success of the Continuum of Care process is the inclusion of all community members.
Membership of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County includes providers of homeless services, county government and local towns and villages, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, faith communities, concerned residents, and private businesses and foundations.
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