Daybreak Shelter - Daybreak Center

611 East Cass Street
Joliet, IL 60432

(815) 774-4663 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Shelter, Emergency Housing, Short Term Housing, Transitional Housing

General Information:
Daybreak Shelter operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and provides emergency housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless. Some participants in the program are in need of short-term housing, as a result of a situational crisis. Others need support services as they work to reestablish permanent housing. Homelessness prevention services are also provided to individuals and families who are at risk of losing their homes. (Residents from outside of the Will County area are limited to a three day stay at the shelter. Also, youth under the age of 18 are not admitted except when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.) Shepherd's Table Feeding members of the community who are hungry and unable to provide for themselves by offering a free mid-day meal. Shepherd's Table is also used as a warming and cooling center during extreme weather. To volunteer at Shepherd's Table, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 815.774.4663 x3128. Daybreak Transitional Housing Single mothers and their children are provided with housing for up to two years while they work an independent, structured program in order to achieve their goals and maximize self-sufficiency.


Helpful Definitions For Daybreak Shelter - Daybreak Center:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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