Emergency Shelters, Warming/Cooling Centers, Soup Kitchens

Below is a list of emergency shelters, warming/cooling centers, soup kitchens, and other services available to those in need.  This information is updated whenever the City of Champaign is notified of changes by each service provider.
Information on this page 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. This number is also the point of entry for the Emergency Shelter for Families.

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.

Screening and intake occurs at Courage Connection from 6:30-7:30 p.m. each night.  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 Courage Connection, 504 E Church St., Champaign
Contact:  Tom Corum – 217-356-9078
Website:  shelter-austinsplace.weebly.com

CU Men’s Shelter

Overnight Winter Shelter for Men provided during winter months at New Covenant Fellowship Church.  Snacks and breakfast-to-go provided but no meals are served.  Showers and laundry are not available.
Location: New Covenant Fellowship Church, 124 W White Street, Champaign
Contact:  Cory Blackwell (Faith United Methodist Church) – 213-359-3631
Website:  champaignfaith.org

Emergency Shelter for Families With Children

Emergency shelter is available for families who meet certain criteria. Specifically, families with:

  • One or more parent (or legal guardian), age 18 or over, with one or more child 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 child(ren)
  • Expecting women with no current children may be housed by program during last trimester of pregnancy

Space is limited, and families will be placed on a waiting list if space is not available.  Guests will be allowed 3-5 day increments of stay, as long as the guests are actively participating in case management services and working toward finding more stable housing options.
Centralized Intake: 217-819-4117

Salvation Army Stepping Stone Program and Daytime Warming Center

The Stepping Stone Program will house men, women and families who present as homeless and who commit to working the program.  Capacity is two families or individuals as of November 2017, so agencies must contact Program Manager before referring.  The Salvation Army Red Shield Center on Market Street also serves as a daytime warming center during winter months from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Weekends will be available for the same hours but located at 502 N. Prospect, and only when requested by County Emergency Management.
Salvation Army Red Shield Center – 2212 N Market St., Champaign
Salvation Army Church – 502 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign


Canteen Run

The 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. Drivers are needed and require a background check.  Training is provided on the spot.
Contact: Barb Davies or Jason Fisher at cucanteenrun@gmail.com
Website:  cucanteenrun.org

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Hot meals served seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Location: 116 N First Street, Champaign
Contact: 217-356-7687
Website:  dailybreadsoupkitchen.com

St. Andrews Church

Free community meal served at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday’s followed by fellowship, Bible study and discussion.
Location: 909 S. Wright Street, Urbana

The Jubilee Café

Located in the basement of the Community United Church of Christ, the volunteer-based café will provide fresh, home-cooked meals every Monday from 5-6:30 p.m. to college students, as well as local residents, who struggle with food insecurity.Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Location: 805 S. Sixth Street, Champaign

Warming Centers

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. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Additional hours to be added (ranging between 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) when daytime temperatures drop below 10-degrees and are based on volunteer manpower.
Location:  34 E. Green St., Champaign
Contact:  217-819-4569
Website:  cuathome.us

Daytime Warming Locations:

Other daytime warming centers include public buildings during normal business hours (i.e. federal, state, local government buildings, libraries, etc.).

Other Resources

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 will be 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

Community Resource Center

Community Resource Center at Presence Medical Center.  Hours 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1900 W Park Street, Urbana
Contact: 217-337-2635

Additional Resources

Contact: 2-1-1 or 1-888-865-9903