Informative Resources: Housing First Initiatives

‘Housing First’ Initiatives

IDEAS Driving Housing First Initiatives:  “Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible – and then providing services as needed. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.” National Alliance to End Homelessness

VIDEO ‘Housing First’– a way towards ending homelessness     Video: TEDx local production
Juha Kaakinen describes the main features of the Housing First concept. He also tries to challenge the `prevailing prejudices about homeless people. TED Published on Sep 19, 2014 [ 16:58” ]


Members of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, N.Y. decided to create a portable homeless shelter to temporarily house those in the community who are unable to make the 20-mile trip to the nearest shelter. The poor church cannot afford better housing at the moment, but believe the insulated hut will make a difference while dealing with sub-zero temperatures. [1:37”] Published March 7, 2014

  • COMMUNITY-WIDE ACTION         FOCUS of September 29 Presentation

CASE STUDY – ‘Square One’, Eugene Oregon

Tiny Houses – Square One / Opportunity Villages Eugene, Oregon
Square One website  History & actions taken in establishing, first, Opportunity Village, and recent additional initiatives.

CNN Brief report: Homes for the Homeless. Short article about Opportunity Village, OR

VIDEO: Homeless not Hopeless[ Opportunity Village, Eugene, OR ]
Transitional micro-housing community helping to create solutions. Published on Sep 20, 2014 [9” ]

    VIDEO: A Rational Response To Homelessness – It’s ACTUALLY Happening! [Utah] [8”]
    “In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person. Published on Feb 8, 2014
  • NATION-wide ACTION in United States National associations & resource aggregators
    The American Tiny House Association promotes the tiny house as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option for a wide variety of people.

National Alliance to End Homelessness Housing First page

Tent City Urbanism and The Village Collaborative

* Prepared by Civic Soul Media, an Imagining Geographies Initiative, in collaboration with The Sparrow Coalition.   September 2015.

Housing First – September 2015 Community Forum

15-9- Forum Housing First

                        September 28, 2015

“Challenges of Poverty in Carbondale”
Housing First : Case Study of Eugene Oregon’s Opportunity Village

Dan Bryant of SquareOne Villages (SOV) described low-cost methods used to provide temporary shelter for the homeless in Eugene, Oregon at the September Community Forum. Through these innovative approaches, nearly 200 people have found shelter without the construction of a traditional shelter. In addition, Bryant also discussed the next project, permanent housing for the homeless using micro-housing concepts. Bryant has a mission to create self-managed communities of low-cost tiny houses for people in need of housing.

Dan began by giving statistics of a homelessness study that showed it actually cost less to house the homeless than to deal with the ramifications of the homeless being unsheltered and “on the streets.” He also said that the federal agency, Housing & Urban Development (HUD), is pressuring communities to house the homeless. Tent cities in many communities have not been an effective option, and these homeless are often forced to move frequently. Thus the homeless in our society are often the poorest of the poor and cannot live with the dignity they deserve.

Dan’s presentation centered on six ways to deal with homeless, five ways as has been done in Eugene, Oregon, and the sixth that is in the planning process and will be done. For further information, go to:

Six Methods of Sheltering the Homeless in Eugene, Oregon:

(1) Interfaith Family SheltersPhoto of Dan Bryant September 2015 Community Forum

This is similar to the one in Carbondale, in that the shelter has a zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol so as to protect the families with children. However, in Eugene, the largest shelter provides 450 beds.

(2) Car/Trailer Camps

Homeless who do have vehicles or trailers are allowed to park in a designated areas. Several communities had had incidences of violence in these settings, especially when allowing many vehicles. Currently in Eugene, anyone with a parking lot can provide for 3 – 6 vehicles as long as a Porta Potty and trash services are made available per city regulations and sometimes outdoor cooking arrangements. Most of these lots do not provide electricity for the vehicles, but Dan’s church does. They call this, “The 3 Trailer Ministry” because some of these are not motorized vehicles, but trailers that are brought or donated. All three trailers at Dan’s church were donated.

(3)   Warming Centers:

Several churches in Eugene alternate to serve as “Warming Centers” for homeless when the temperatures falls below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually, 18 people are located per site with at least one trained staff available. Rules usually include that the homeless are to be alcohol and drug free.

(4)   Rest Stops/Tent Cities:

Legalized camps can be established within the city with 20 or less homeless per site. Often these are located close to community-supported centers. Some sites have built 6 foot by 10 foot huts at a cost of about $1,200.00 each. These “Conestoga” huts have wooden floors set on concrete blacks with a U-shaped dome top stretched across Polyvinyl chloride (PCV) piping; these were in the shape of the Conestoga (covered) wagons used in the 1800’s to go West. One of these sites is a “Veterans’ Rest Site”, because it has been found that especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers fare better alone in a hut versus living in a noisy community shelter situation. One rest stop is a “wet shelter” for those with addictions.

(5) Gated “Opportunity Village”/”Square One Village”:

This gated community has mostly “tiny houses” being 8′ by 8′ wood units each with a loft for sleeping and 2 chairs and a desk/table. Also some of the units are the Conestogas on the concrete blocks, as described in (4) above. These units usually do not have electricity or water but surround a community center that has electricity, water, restrooms, showers, a cafeteria area, and laundry room, a community garden and has access to public transportation. To look for work, these residents need showers, laundry and cafeteria facilities, phone access and an address, as well as access to public transportation. The goal is for these residents to be able to eventually transition out of this village to their own apartments and about 70% have done this so far. But for HUD housing in Eugene, the wait time can be about one year for a 2-bedroom apartment for a family and over 5 years for a one bedroom apartment for a single or couple. HUD housing is experiencing quite a back-log due to the large number of people who have lost jobs in OR. The Eugene village has been there since 2013 and has 29 units at a total cost of $200,000. Dan had talked to a contractor from St. Louis who thought that the cost would be lower in Southern Illinois. The cost per night is $3.00 with the homeless paying $1.00/night of this.

(6) Permanent Housing/”Emerald Village Eugene (EVE)”:

This is in the planning phase in Eugene with three architects designing tiny, permanent houses which would range from 120 – 250 square feet each. They would contain a toilet, shower or bath, kitchenette, bed and table/chair area. The mission is to expand affordable housing options for very low-income individuals and families through low-cost, tiny houses within a stable community setting in which residents can build equity. $300,000 was paid for the total property and the individual houses will be built with volunteer labor. The residents would be members of a homeowner’s association in which they build equity. Residents can take pride in their homes and have the dignity of home ownership. Some of the residents may be getting the $730/month in disability payments (SSI) or are underemployed as working part-time.

Want to learn more?

Those interested in learning more about Housing First initiatives are encouraged to access the Informative Resources page.


-Eileen Troutt-Ervin




Office of State Guardian-The Office of State Guardian (OSG) handles the personal, financial, and legal affairs of developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and elderly individuals with disabilities.

Egyptian Regional Office

Address: #7 Cottage Dr. Anna, IL 62906 Phone: 618/ 833-4897 Fax: 618/ 833-5219

Social Security Office: Serving Alexander, Jackson, Perry, Pulaski, and Union Counties

Address: 250 W. Cherry St. Room 104 Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 1- 800-772-1213 or 1-877-714-0377

Illinois Department on Aging (Ombudsman Resident Advocate) – Advocacy who seeks to resolve complaints on behalf of people who receive long-term care services.

Phone: 1-800-642-7773


SCBC Prescription Advocacy-SCBN Prescription Advocacy was founded in 2002 to help lower income patients afford their medications and serve as a single point of access to over 250 Patient Assistance Programs. For often as low as $25 per medication, per month, SCBN provides patient advocacy for ongoing care, plus case management for processing applications and managing renewals.

Phone: 1-888-331-1002 (Enrollment) Website:

Simple Fill Prescription Assistance- Simple fill was founded to help uninsured and under-insured Americans afford their prescribed medications. You must not have prescription coverage and must fall within our income guidelines in order to qualify for our program. The income guidelines vary depending on the prescription you need help with. It is usually between 200% and 400% above the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Phone: 1-877-386-0206 (Enrollment) Website:

The RX Advocates- The Rx Advocates was founded to help uninsured and under-insured Americans gain access to prescription medications they cannot afford. To meet the guidelines for these programs you typically need to be in a financial hardship, you cannot have prescription insurance, and you must be a U.S citizen or resident.

Phone: 1-866-949-7353 (Enrollment) Website:

Carbondale Township Relief Office-They help only single adults with no dependents with rent (up to $110, based on persons needs), utilities, medicines, and food and laundry vouchers. This is also the office where crosswalk agency is located for Jackson County by Appointment base ONLY. (Carbondale Residents ONLY)

Address: 217 E. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-3366

Murphysboro Township Relief Office

Also offers community service based employment while searching for permanent employment (max benefits of $294 mo for 59 hours of work)

Contact Person: Sue Givens Phone: 618/ 687-1142

Catholic Newman Center- SIU student assistance (also assist the local community on a need basis)

Address: 715 S. Washington St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3311

St. Francis Xavier Church- Emergency assistance

Contact Person Marilyn Bush: Phone: 618/ 457-4556

Address: 303 S. Popular St. Carbondale, IL 62901


Childcare Resource and Referral — Individuals who are income eligible and are working or enrolled in an approved education/training program are eligible for assistance in their child care payments. CCR&R partners with the Department of Human Services in assisting Illinois families with their financial child care needs. To qualify for financial assistance your total monthly gross income must be below federal poverty guidelines for your family size.

Mailing Address: 700 Logan College Rd. Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: 618/ 985-5975

Physical Address: 607 S Greenbrier Carterville, IL 62918 Fax: 618/ 985-3528


DCFS Hotline

Phone: 1-800-25- ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)

Illinois Sex offender Information Hotline

Phone: 1- 888-414-7678 Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am- 5pm

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Phone: 1-800-THE- LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Children’s Medical Resource Network- Comprehensive Medical Exams of children that are reported victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.

Address: 1155 E. Vienna St. Anna, IL 62906

Contact Person: Ginger Meyer, MSW Phone: 618/ 833-6488

Lutheran Social Services– Network through DCFS, provides temporary and permanent foster placement for children. Train and Certify those wanting to be foster parents.(private and open adoption services) Serving 14 counties in Southern Illinois.

Address: 1616 West Main St. Marion, Ill 62959 Phone: 618-997-9196

Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)

Address: 1210 Hanson St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1733 Fax: 618/ 684-2088

Child Support Regional Office- Serving all counties in Southern Illinois.

Address: 3419 Professional Park Dr. Marion, IL 62959 Phone: 618/ 993-7801


Division of Human Capital Development (HCD)-The Division of Human Capital Development helps Illinois residents by connecting them with many programs and services. While our division is well known for helping people with cash, medical, food stamps, and childcare, our staff will help you find services from other DHS divisions, other state agencies, and from your local community.

Phone: 1-800-843-6154 (Referral Service)

DHS Family Community Resource Center in Jackson County- Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.

Address: 342 North St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1705 Fax: 618/ 684-2732


Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence IDHS Hotline

Phone: 1-877-863-6338

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

The Women’s Center

24-hour crisis hotline intervention: Emergency shelter, food, supplies and transportation individual and group support, counseling information, referrals, education case management, legal, medical, and personal advocacy. Serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, and Williamson counties.

Address: 610 S. Thompson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-2324


General Equivalency Diploma (GED) testing sites and classes- A test administered by the American Council of Education that is considered a high-school equivalency exam.

Class Location in Jackson County (GED)

John A. Logan Community College – The GED test is for people just like you! Every year thousands of people get their GED (General Educational Development) Diplomas. In Illinois over 60,000 people attend an Adult Education class every year. The ABE/GED program at John A. Logan College provides an opportunity to earn your GED regardless of how long you have been out of school. Also offered; Adult Basic Education/GED, Literacy Program, Adult Secondary Education Program

Address: 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: (618) 985-8539

Contact Person: Karla Tabbing


Address: 205 N. Oakland Dr. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-8232 Ext. 223

Testing Location for Jackson County (GED) / Regional Superintendent- Donna Boros

Plan to register for the exam at least two weeks in advance. Sometimes the testing sessions fill up quickly. When you register you will need to take: photo identification (Driver’s license preferred-if driver’s license does not list your current address then you need to bring a piece of mail with your current address.) Registration fee of $50.00. Must be cash or money orders. No personal checks. A verification letter from your high school if you have passed the U.S. and Illinois Constitution test at the high school level or a constitution certificate from your GED class.

Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7290 Fax: 618/ 687-7296

Southern Illinois University

Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 453-2121


Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council- The LIHEAP is designed to help income eligible households pay for their upcoming winter energy services and reduce their energy burden. Residents in Jackson, Monroe, Perry, and Randolph, Counties will be able to make an appointment for an application for a home energy grant through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Address: Murphysboro below the DHS office- (CLOSED UNTIL OCT 1, 2015) Phone: 618-684-3341 or Main Office (Sparta): 618-443-5231

Crosswalk Community Action Agency- Serving Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Williamson counties

Address: 410 W. Main St. West Frankfort, IL 62896 Phone: 618/ 937-3581 (OPERATES OUT OF CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP-BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance

Address: 116 N. 11th St. Suite C 724 Mulberry Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687- 2012


Job Corps- Job Corps offers a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs.

Address: 345 Job Corps Rd. Golconda, IL 62938

Phone: 618/ 285-6601 or 1-800-733-JOBS (1-800-733-5627)

Man-Tra-Con-Serving Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, and Williamson Counties. Man-Tra-Con is involved in several community based special projects, youth program initiatives, and services for dislocated workers. Provides tuition relief for some areas of education.

Address: 3000 West Deyoung St. Ste800b Marion, Illinois 62959 Phone: 618/ 998-0970


Address: 2015 W. Main St. #1 Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-0414


Good Samaritan House- Pantry & Soup Kitchen

Address: 701 S. Marion St. Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: (Pantry) – 618/ 457-0323

Phone: (Soup Kitchen): 618/457-5794

Murphysboro Food Pantry- Pantry

Address: 906 N 14th St Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684- 8243

Murphysboro Youth & Rec Center

Address: 1818 Walnut St Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-8243

Shalom Cooperative Parish

Address: 610 Front St. Grand Tower, IL 62942 Phone: 618/ 565- 2227

The View First Baptist Church

Address: 302 W. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-8216

University Baptist Church

Address: 700 S. Oakland Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-0323

Victory Christian Center

Address: 607 E. College St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 351-8018

Carbondale Senior Citizen Center/ Carbondale Meals on Wheels- Food assistance for Senior Citizens

Address: 409 N. Springer St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-4151

Murphysboro Senior Citizens Center/ Murphysboro Meals on Wheels- Food assistance for senior citizens

Address: 17 N. 14th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1641


The Jackson County Court House

Address: 10th & Walnut, P.O. Box 730 St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7300

The Jackson County Circuit Clerk

Cindy Svanda

Address: 10th & Walnut, P.O. Box 730 St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7300

The Jackson County Clerk

Larry Reinhardt

Address: 1001 Walnut St Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7360

The Jackson County Treasurer

Shirley Booker

Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7350

The Jackson County Sheriff

Robert Burns

Address: 1001 Mulberry Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-3822

The Jackson County State’s Attorney

Michael Carr

Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7200

The Jackson County Regional Supt. of Schools

Donna Boros

Address: 1001 Walnut Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7290

The Jackson County Supervisor of Assessments

Maureen Berkowitz

Address: 20 S. 10th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/687-7220

The Jackson County Chairman, County Commissioner

John Rendlemen

Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7240

Jackson County Public Defender’s Office

Margaret Degen

Address: 22 S. 10th Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7250

Private Attorneys

Ed Dorsey (Income Based)

1809 W. Main St. #236 Carbondale, IL 62901


HEALTH DEPARTMENTJCHD provides both individual services – such as immunizations and case management, and community services – such as disease surveillance/control and recycling drop-off sites. They are dedicated to improving the health of this community through both our direct efforts, and by collaborating with other community partners.

Address: 415 Health Department Rd. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3143 Fax: 618/ 684-0623


Good Samaritan House- Homeless Shelter

Address: 701 S. Marion St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-5794 Fax: 618/ 549-5138

Homebuyer Assistance Program-The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has awarded Homebuyer Assistance funds to the City of Carbondale. The Homebuyer Assistance Program will use these funds to assist lower-income persons with the purchase and rehabilitation of a home located within the Carbondale city limits. The Homebuyer Assistance Program can provide up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to the home buyer and further funds for rehabilitation of the property to bring the dwelling up to the City’s housing codes. The home purchaser must provide at least $1,000 towards the purchase price and qualify for and obtain financing from a participating lender.

Contact Person: Khristina Vaughn, Housing Program Administrator Phone: 618/ 549-5302

Jackson County Housing Authority– Housing program that is designed for individuals with limited incomes. Housing units are in Murphysboro, Elkville, De Soto, Carbondale, and Grand Tower.

Address: 300 N. 7th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/684-3138 Fax: 618/ 684-3222

The Fields Apartments (Lesa Shelton / Assistant Manager) – Section 8 (rent based on income and includes water, sewer and refuse pick-up, electric not included but utility allowance is given toward the rent)

Address: 700 S. Lewis Ln Carbondale, IL 62901 Phones: 618/ 549-7377 Fax: 618/ 457-5848

Mill Street Apartments

Address: 703-a3 S Rawlings St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3371

Carbondale Towers

Address: 810 W. Mill St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3371


Memorial Hospital of Carbondale

Address: 405 W. Jackson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-0721

St. Joseph’s Hospital

Address: 2 Hospital Dr. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3156


Land of Lincoln- Provides low income and senior residents of central and Southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services that consist of; advice, representation, advocacy, education, and collaboration. Such programs include housing, family, homeownership, consumer, education, public benefits and health, services for senior citizens and disabled persons.

Address: Old National Bank Building, Third floor 509 S. University Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618/ 457-7800


Illinois Suicide & Crisis Hotline

Phone: 1-800- SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) OR 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) – Treatment services for alcoholism & addiction are offered through an extensive state-wide provider network

Phone: 1-866-213-0548 (Referral Service)

Division of Mental Health(DMH)- DMH funded agencies provide mental health services based on a mental health assessment to adults and children who are diagnosed with a mental illness or emotional disturbance and an impaired level of functioning. Services are designed to restore, manage, and rehabilitate an individual’s mental condition. Services are focused on recovery and assisting individuals to participate fully in the community.

Phone: 1-800-843-6154 (Referral Service)

Piney Ridge Center-All treatment is individualized, employing group, individual, and family therapy, as well as education plans, and psychiatric treatment designed to move teens from self-defeating to self-enhancing life styles. They Provide a variety of services which include; Pre- Adolescent (Ages 7-12) Strength- Based Program, Sexual Offender Program (male & female units- ages 12-18), Psychiatric and Behavioral Programs (Ages 12-18), Gender Specific Trauma Focused Therapy, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Approach, and Transportation Services Available.

Address: 1000 Hospital Rd. Waynesville, IL 65583 Phone: 618/ 774-5353

Caritas Family Solutions, Social Services– Provides the community with adoption choices, foster care and counseling services.

Address: 10286 Fleming Road Carterville, IL 62918. Phone: (618) 985-2000

Centerstone – Individual, Family, and group counseling. Child & adolescent mental health services for youth ages 3-18. Psychiatric evaluation & medication management available. Medical card accepted. Patients without a payer source will be seen or provided assistance in finding a source of funding when possible. Homeless youth program- Contact Tina Brooks

Address: 2311 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-7814 Fax: 618/ 549-3734

Address: 200 N. Emerald Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-6703

Centerstone Crisis Center- H Group Crisis Center helps people- 24 hours day, 7 days a week- experiencing a behavioral health crisis, such as a suicide threat, or feelings that might cause someone to be a danger him/ herself or others.

Address: 403 Commerce Dr. Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: 1-855-985-0911

Southern Illinois Behavioral Services

Address: 1110 Cedar Court Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-4144

Cenerstone/Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJI)- Case Management for youth age 10 to 17 ½ involved in, or at risk of being involved in, the criminal justice system who also have a mental health related issue.

Contact: Tina Brooks

Centerstone/SOC (systems of care)- Work with DCFS wards (and their foster parents) in danger of a pacemen t disruption. Contact: Tina Brooks

Gateway Foundation

Residential treatment. Offers In- patient and Out-patient services (ACCEPTS MEDICAL CARD)

Address: 1080 E. Park St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-1151 Fax: 618/ 549-9540

Adolescent Health Center

Address: 101 S. Wall St Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 969-8283

Murphysboro Health Center

Address: 7 S. Hospital Dr. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-3418

Shawnee Health Care (Carbondale)

Address: 400 S. Lewis Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 519-9900


All Kids- All Kids is Illinois program for children who need comprehensive, affordable health insurance, regardless of family income, immigration status or health condition.

Phone: 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437)

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children- The division of specialized care for children (DSCC) can help families arrange, coordinate, access, and pay for their child’s specialized medical treatment when the child has an eligible medical condition

Phone: 1-800-451-0464

Illinois Women’s Health-Line-All uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 can receive free breast cancer screenings, and uninsured women between 35 and 64 can receive free cervical cancer screening.

Phone: 1-888-522-1282 (Referral Service)

Center of Medical Arts- Multi-specialty Clinic with Family Medicine, GI, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Urology, Radiology, Lab, Pharmacy, Prompt Care, Registered Dietician.

Address: 2601 W. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-5361

Community Health & Emergency Services (Chesi- Cedar Court Clinic) –The clinic provides primary care and specialized care including internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, endocrinology and infectious disease management.

Address: 1340 N Cedar Ct. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/457-7821


Child & Family Connections (Archway) – Pediatric specialists help infants and toddlers develop to their maximum potential through evaluations and individualized service plans. The 16 available services include speech therapy, physical therapy, hearing evaluations, developmental intervention, and nutrition. All services are home-based.

Address: 2751 W. Main St, PO Box 1180 Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3147

Family Restoration Program/ Parenting Education Classes-The Children First Program is an educational seminar for divorcing parents. Participants meet in a group of 25 to 30 persons, with a group moderator. Group discussion is facilitated by viewing short videotaped examples of interactions which occur frequently during dissolution proceedings, and which have negative, often hurtful, effects on children. The most important aim of discussion is to focus attention on the feelings of the children involved, rather than on the problems, or feelings, of the parents.

Locations include: Rend Lake College, Ina, IL; Fairfield Community College, Fairfield, IL; John A. Logan Community College, Carterville, IL; First United Methodist Church, Carmi, IL; Mt. Carmel Public Library, Mt. Carmel, IL; Rend Lake College Market Place, Mt. Vernon, IL; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, IL.

Phone: 618/ 262-2707 or 1-800-363-5237

The Women’s Center- Parenting Classes

Address: 610 S. Thompson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-2324

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Address: 901 W. Pleasant Hill Rd. Carbondale, IL/ 1818 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL

Phone: 618/ 363-9027 Contact Person: Tina

Address: Campbell Hill

Phone: 618/ 559-8974 Contact Person: Bev

Pregnancy Matters

Address: 241 S. Lewis Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phones: 618/ 549-2797

The CenterStone/ Big Brothers Big Sisters- Big Brothers Big Sisters are a nationally acclaimed program that connects caring adult volunteers to children ages 6-16 for friendship and fun.

Address: 200 N. Emerald Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-6703

Carbondale Memorial Hospital- Mothers and fathers learn skills for childbirth and caring for an infant in this popular series of classes. The classes will prepare expectant parents both mentally and physically for participation, sharing, and individual satisfaction in pregnancy, labor, birth and introduction to parenthood.

Address: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Conference Room 1C or DEF, Carbondale, IL

Phone: 618/ 549-0721


Jackson County Mass Transit- Rides throughout Jackson County from 7:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule a ride call from 7:00am – 3:00pm, 24 hours in advance. Call on Friday for Monday service. The price for a one-way trip varies from $0.00-$4.00.

Address: 608 East College, Carbondale, IL 62901 (Administrative Office) Phone: 618/ 549-0304 or 1-866-884-RIDE

Bart Transportation- Transportation to these locations in St. Louis: airport, train & bus stations, hospitals and doctors. Pick up points are in Benton, Carbondale, Carterville, De Soto, Du Quoin, Johnston City, Marion, Murphysboro, Pinckneyville, Vergennes, and West Frankfort.

Phone: 1-800-872-7245 (Call three days in advance)

Saluki Express

Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 453-5749

Crosstown Cab

Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 684-3506

Ace Taxi

Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 549-8294


The WIC program in Illinois helps provide supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. If you are planning to apply for WIC benefits at Jackson County Health Department Murphysboro, then you may need to provide proof of income, proof of AHCCCS, TANF, food stamps or Section 8 participation that meets the IL WIC income guidelines and proof of residence or identity.

Address: 415 Health Department Rd. Murphysboro, Illinois 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3143


LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES- PRISON AND FAMILY MINISTRY- Assisting first hand with individuals that were once incarcerated and now need help getting back on their feet. To avoid recidivism: they assist in job placement, housing, prescription co-pays, career specialist, obtaining identification (social security card, id).

Address: 102 East Deyoung St. Ste B, Marion Illinois 62959 Phone: 618-997-9076

Contact Person: Sherra Robinson and/or Deann Strunk

E-Z RENTAL CENTER– Rent construction and equipment big jobs. For home, contractor, party, or commercial use.

Address: Address: 1817 W Sycamore St, Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 457-4127

BOB EVANS- Restaurant

Contact Person: Jennifer Brendle

Address: 2708 West Deyoung St. Marion, Illinois 62959 Phone: (618) 997-1487

TIMBERLINE FISHERIES- Factory work supplies wild animal food. They also offer a shuttle for transportation.

Address: 201 East Timberline Rd, Marion Illinoi 62959 Phone: 618-997-9311

SHOE SHINE BUSINESS– Provides temporary employment for individuals that have been incarcerated and/or homeless.

Address: Carbondale Phone: 618-559-6584

Contact Person: Rev Logwood

MANPOWER- Temp agency that hires felons and proposed permanent work

Address: 2015 W Main St. Ste 1, Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 457-0414

EXTRA HELP INC- Temp agency that hires felons and proposed permanent work

Address: 3911 W Ernestine Dr, Marion, IL 62959 · (618) 993-9675

RED LOBSTER- Restaurant

Address: 2900 W Deyoung St, Marion, IL 62959 · 12.87 mi Phone: (618) 993-6996

Superior Detail– Exterior Services- All exterior detailing services receive a Full Service hand wash/dry, cleaning of wheels, wheel wells, tires, tar, bug and road grime removal.

Address: 622 E. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 351-8445

The Home Depot– Department stores

Address: 3200 Banterra Dr. Marion, IL 62959 Phone: (618) 997-7100

Target- Department stores

Address: 3000 W Deyoung St. Ste 600 Marion, IL 62959 Phone (618) 997-8174

*Community Resource Guide created September 14, 2015. Compiled by Shannon Butler, MSW student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, on behalf of the Carbondale Public Library, the SIU School of Social Work and the Sparrow Coalition.