Here’s how Champaign County community leaders are aiming to combat homelessness
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Here’s how Champaign County community leaders are aiming to combat homelessness

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Community leaders from across Champaign County gathered Wednesday for a monthly coalition meeting focused on combating homelessness. The conference aimed to help the 279 people in the county who are facing homelessness.

The meeting was attended by prominent figures including Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, Urbana Police Chief Larry Boone, and other city officials from Champaign, Urbana, and Danville. Leaders and advocates from the Champaign County Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless (CSPH) provided an overview of ongoing issues, with immediate goals to improve access and education for service providers throughout the county.


“We’re going to share data that gives a true picture of our homeless population,” said Tracy Parsons of CSPH. “Most of us aren’t really aware of the magnitude of the problem, the numbers, the services and supports that are available and the unmet needs.”

Discussions also focused on centralized intake, emergency shelters for children and exit resources for people who graduate from programs. Parsons said today’s meeting was meant to be informative and allow community leaders to begin to find solutions.

“We’ll just talk about the data, what’s happening in our community, what services are available now and what we’re going to do,” added Jessica McCann of the Regional Planning Commission.