Emergency Shelters, Warming Centers, Soup Kitchens

Below is a list of emergency shelters, warming centers, soup kitchens, and other services available to those in need.  This information is updated whenever the City is notified of changes and is subject to change without notice.


Centralized Intake

All homeless individuals should be directed to call the Centralized Intake office at (217) 819-4117.  This phone is not answered 24/7.  Leave a message for call back.

Centralized Intake: 217-819-4117

Austin’s Place – Winter Emergency Shelter for Women

Austin’s Place provides overnight emergency shelter for women during the winter months. The shelter is open through March 15, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Screening and intake occurs at Courage Connection, 504 E. Church Street, Champaign, from 6:30-7:30 each evening.  Transportation to the shelter at First United Methodist Church is provided by shelter volunteers.  Light snacks are provided.  Showers and laundry are not available.  Guests will be provided with bus tokens and transported to the Champaign bus terminal in the morning.   Follow @austinsplaceshelter on Facebook for the latest news and events.

Location: Intake screening at 504 E Church St., Champaign
Contact:  Ruth Moore – ruth@champaignfumc.org
Website:  shelter-austinsplace.weebly.com

Winter Emergency Shelter for Men

This winter emergency shelter was established by the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless, churches, and community organizations.  The shelter is open through March 31, 2017, from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  The shelter will be located at the First Presbyterian Church (Champaign) Sunday through Thursday, and the Faith United Methodist Church (Champaign) Friday and Saturday.  For the privacy and safety of the men utilizing the shelter, pickup locations are not publicized. Local programs that work with the homeless daily will notify those in need of the pickup locations. Residents may call Centralized Intake or 2-1-1 for more information.

Centralized Intake: 217-819-4117

Emergency Shelter for Families With Children

Space is limited, and if not available, families are placed on a waiting list.  Emergency shelter is available for families who meet certain criteria. Specifically, families with:

  • One or more parents or legal guardians, age 18 or over
  • One or more children under the age of 18
  • Champaign County residents
  • Family household size of six people or less
  • Head of the household is biologically or legally related to the children
  • Expecting women with no current children may be housed by program during last trimester of pregnancy

Guests will be allowed 3-5 day increments of stay, as long as the guest are actively participating in case management services and working toward finding a more stable housing option.

Contact:  217-819-4117

Salvation Army Stepping Stone Program, Warming Center & Winter Shelter (As Activated)

The Salvation Army offers emergency housing with a capacity of two families or individuals, so agencies must contact the Program Manager before making referrals. The Stepping Stone Program will house men, women and families who present as homeless and who commit to working the program.

The winter overnight shelter for men and women will open under the direction of CU Canteen Run at The Salvation Army Church, in a weekly rotation with other participating churches. The Salvation Army Red Shield Center also serves as a daytime warming center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  When requested by Champaign County Emergency Management, weekends will also be available for the same hours at The Salvation Army Church.

Locations:  The Salvation Army Church – 502 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
The Salvation Army Red Shield Center – 2212 N Market St., Champaign

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center

Provides a year-round drop-in center and winter daytime warming site for those in our community that need a place to be. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  Additional hours may be added (ranging between 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) when daytime temperatures drop below zero and volunteers are available.

Location:  34 E. Green St., Champaign
Contact:  217-819-4569
Website:  www.cuathome.us

C-U Canteen Run and Overnight Warming Center

The C-U Canteen Run is a mobile truck that offers food, drinks, blankets and human kindness to those on the streets: Sundays 3-5 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m.  Overnight warming center volunteers are needed on a random, on-call basis to operate in local churches as needed when the temperature drops below 10 degrees or the wind-chill reaches zero.

Contact: cucanteenrun@gmail.com
Website:  www.cucanteenrun.org

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen provides free, hot meals to anyone in need seven days a week.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  A sack dinner for later is also available.  Daily Bread is closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Location: 116 N First Street, Champaign
Website: www.dailybreadsoupkitchen.com

Daytime Warming Locations:

Daytime warming centers include The Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center and public buildings during normal business hours (i.e. federal, state, local government buildings, libraries, etc.).

Regional Office of Education (Education-related expenses):

The Regional Office of Education is a resource for homeless families with children and youth who are of school age. Preschool-aged children also receive services to ensure access to early childhood and preschool programs. Verification of school enrollment is required.  Services include providing school supplies, physical education clothing, transportation, alarm clocks, or special school fees such as those for field trips, pictures, and book clubs. In addition, funding is also available for tutoring and to assist with the cost of educational summer programs. Limited emergency shelter is available.

Contact: 217-337- 1305
Website: www.roe9.k12.il.us

Additional Community Resources:

  • Contact: 2-1-1 or 1-800-570-7284
  • Community Resource Center:  Presence Medical Center.  Hours 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Call 217-337-2635.
  • Centralized Intake: 217-819-4117