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Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

Hillside, IL   |  www.suburbancook.org

Mission

The Alliance is responsible for planning and coordinating homeless services and housing options for all of Cook County outside of Chicago.  Established in 1997 as the Task Force on Homelessness, the group changed its name to the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County, formally incorporated in 2004 and secured nonprofit status in 2005. The Alliance leads a diverse network of partners working together to develop, fund, and implement solutions to end homelessness.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Jennifer C. Hill

Main address

4415 Harrison Street Suite 228

Hillside, IL 60162-1904 USA

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EIN

20-1880398

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Management & Technical Assistance (L02)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Strategic Planning and Community Engagement

Nationwide, homeless advocacy groups have identified the potential to end homelessness by preventing it when possible and rapidly re-housing people who do become homeless. The Alliance acts as the planning body responsible for translating this national momentum into workable strategies for our county. Ending homelessness requires a community-wide effort, and the Alliance is committed to engaging stakeholders from every sector to be a part of the solution to homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Alliance acts as an umbrella organization for three Community Based Service Areas (CBSAs) in the north, west, and south regions of suburban Cook County. Each CBSA meets monthly to build partnerships and engage local stakeholders. Each area offers a variety of services and housing options to homeless families and individuals. These grassroots networks come together as the Alliance to plan for a countywide strategy to end homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

In coordinating the annual application to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for homeless assistance grants, the Alliance brings in approximately $19 million per year to support over forty homeless programs in the region. The Alliance is responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of these programs, building their capacity, planning for future programs, and recommending funding priorities to HUD. By linking our project review process directly to our strategic planning goals, the Alliance plays a critical role in serving the priority needs of homeless individuals and families in suburban Cook County.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth

As we evaluate new and existing programs' effectiveness in ending homelessness, we rely heavily on data from a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Implementing HMIS is a federal requirement for every Continuum of Care, but more importantly, it offers us an opportunity to document homeless needs, pinpoint how well our programs address them, and identify where we can improve. The Alliance collects point-in-time homeless data each year, and every other year, we conduct a full sheltered and unsheltered homeless count. These data are critical to setting priorities for future funding and informing our strategic planning efforts.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

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Financials

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Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Christopher O'Hara

Lived Experience

Term: 2022 - 2023


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
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Heterosexual or Straight

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