Hope Haven DeKalb

1145 Rushmoore Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-5765 Visit Website Go to Facebook
Class of Housing/Services: Homeless Shelter, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing

General Information:
Hope Haven’s mission is to provide shelter and meals to the homeless, to assist the homeless in moving into stable housing and to advocate for the rights of homeless individuals and families. To be admitted to the shelter you need a photo ID and proof of DeKalb County residency. Shelter stay length As long as you’re compliant with Hope Haven rules, you can stay up to 90 days in the Emergency Shelter. After 90 days you can be granted an extension if you have been successfully working on your goals and objectives. Families admitted in Hope Haven’s Transitional Housing Program can stay up to 24 months if they are compliant with the rules and successfully working on their goals and objectives. Emergency Shelter Program The shelter is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. year round and offers food, shelter, and supportive services for individuals and families from DeKalb County who need temporary services before moving into permanent housing. Breakfast and sack lunches are provided each morning and dinner is delivered by area churches and organizations. Residents of the emergency shelter are assigned a case manager who assists them in developing an individualized “plan of action” designed to help them reach their greatest potential. Transitional Housing Program The Transitional Housing Program is a multi-faceted housing program for homeless families in DeKalb County. Residents may participate in the program for up to 24 months. When families enter the Transitional Housing Program, they commit to actively participating in the services and programs designed to increase their self sufficiency and decrease their chance of future homelessness. Upon entering the program, if a parent does not have their high school diploma they are required to attend GED classes. For parents who have their high school diploma or GED, they are given the opportunity and resources to enroll in vocational training programs at Kishwaukee College. Other required programs include parenting classes, money management, and life skills training. The goals of the Transitional Housing Program are to assist parents in increasing their income and education, promote self sufficiency and self determination, and help families transition into permanent housing. Permanent Housing Program: Dresser Court Dresser Court is a twenty-six unit apartment complex that provides permanent housing with intensive on-site programs and services for people with disabilities and a history of chronic homelessness. Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual who has been consistently homeless for the past year or has had four different episodes of homelessness in the past three years. All twenty-six apartments are subsidized allowing residents to pay rent based on their income. Hope Haven is responsible for screening eligible residents and providing the supportive services residents need to maintain permanent housing. Services provided include life skills, recreational activities, counseling, case management, educational and vocational programs. Due to the wide range of disabilities, service plans are individualized for each resident. The “housing first” model on which the Dresser Court program is based theorizes that once you meet someone’s basic needs (food, shelter, safety), an individual has a greater potential to successfully address

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Helpful Definitions For Hope Haven DeKalb:
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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