The 2022 Community Health Award group winner is Home for All Continuum of Care that has worked diligently with partner agencies to reduce homelessness by 25 percent since 2015. Home for All partners with Heart of Illinois United Way to build a collaboration of more than 50 organizations that align to end homelessness in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton counties. The accomplishment has been possible through the collaborative approach to addressing the community’s most vulnerable first. With a rapid approach to rehousing individuals and families through permanent housing opportunities. While the national average length of homeless nears 200 days; Home for All achieved an average of 55 days in FY21, favorably exceeding the national average.
Throughout the pandemic, the Home for All stepped up to meet the needs of the homeless population – such as onsite testing at shelters and congregate facilities, alternate housing for COVID positive and highly vulnerable populations, and vaccine deployment that was incentivized and easily accessible for all sheltered and unsheltered populations. They offer a year-round winterized mobile hygiene unit featuring restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.