City of Rockford

Rockford is expanding its homelessness surveys to include young people. 

The Register-Star reports the new focus comes as the city achieved "functional zero" for veteran homelessness in 2015.  This means the number of veterans entering homelessness equals the number coming out. 


Illinois will receive federal money to prevent and end homelessness. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a nearly $105 million grant for local projects across the state; there are approximately 416 homeless housing and service programs in Illinois.

Of that, DeKalb County will receive $568,565. Winnebago and Boone counties will get $1,528,983.

HUD Says Illinois Homelessness Declined in 2016

Nov 19, 2016

The US Department of Housing And Urban Development says homelessness declined in Illinois this year.

Homelessness is about 20% lower in Illinois than in 2010, but more than 11,000 people are homeless on a single night in Illinois this year.t. That same data shows a similar decline in veteran homelessness, and a 36-percent drop in homeless families.

HUD compiled the numbers from national estimates, as well as a “snapshot” of homelessness on a single night last January.

Budget Stalemate Affecting People Outside Of Homes

Feb 23, 2016

The budget impasse between Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the legislature could make the state's homelessness problem worse for a long time to come.


Sue Loellbach is with Connections for the Homeless.

"The longer an adult stays on the street, the more likely it is that they're going to get sick or become sicker. And the more likely that they'll become chronically homeless,” Loellbach said.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Rockford is the first community to effectively end homelessness among its veteran population as part of a national effort called Zero: 2016. Dozens of communities are participating in the campaign.

Beth Sandor, director of the Zero: 2016 Movement, said, “Rockford had to demonstrate that it was able to house more veterans every month than were homeless in the community.”

To date, Rockford has housed 73 veterans.