Will County Continuum of Care


The Coordinated Entry System is an important step in the process for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness where they can access the crisis response system through a universal assessment, have their strengths and needs assessed, and connect to appropriate housing and mainstream services within the region. Standardized assessment tools and practices take into account the needs of single adults, families with children, as well as youth.

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Coordinated Entry System eligibility for housing programs

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The Coordinated Entry System is designed to assess eligibility for housing programs that serve individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. The Coordinated Entry System is a central intake database that is accessible by authorized CoC service providers and is intended to streamline services for homeless individuals and families by reducing duplication and sharing information between agencies.

The Will County Continuum of Care prioritizes literally homeless individuals and families that have completed their assessment in the Coordinated Entry System for housing opportunities through our partners based on the length of time that the individual or family has been homeless.

The Coordinated Entry System can be accessed through a number of partners in the community. 

System Entry Points

The Coordinated Entry System is a powerful tool designated to ensure that homeless persons and persons at risk of homelessness are matched, as quickly as possible, with the intervention that will most efficiently and effectively end their homelessness.

Accessing Resources

All funded housing providers within the Continuum of Care work from one list of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Those on the list are prioritized for resources based upon needs. In order to be placed on the list, individuals and families go through a process called “Coordinated Entry” during which time they are asked questions to understand their current situation and assess their needs. If you need to be placed on the Coordinated Entry list visit our partners below.

Coordinated Entry System Partners

Will County Center for Community Concerns
2455 Glenwood Avenue
Joliet, IL
ph: (815) 722-0722
Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM

CoC Outreach
Joliet Public Library
2nd and 4th Thursday from 9am to 11am
*Currently not conducting outreach at Library due to COVID

Daybreak Center
611 East Cass Street
Joliet, IL
ph: (815) 774-4663
Call for appointments

MorningStar Mission
350 E Washington Street
Joliet, IL
ph: (815) 722-5780
Call for appointments

Cornerstone Services Inc.
Multiple locations
ph: (815) 774-3245
Call for appointments

Trinity Services Inc.
Multiple locations
ph: (815) 485-5976
Call for appointments

Grundy Area PADS
Multiple locations
ph: (815) 942-6389
Call for appointments

If you need someplace to stay at night or imminently at-risk of homelessness

The Coordinated Entry system provides an avenue for everyone experiencing homelessness in Will, Kendall and Grundy County to be assessed for permanent housing. It does not address immediate needs or crises. If you need someplace to stay tonight, you should contact an emergency shelter (listed below). If you are at risk of eviction, you should contact a homeless prevention program or Prairie State Legal Services.

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Will County

Daybreak Center – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
611 East Cass Street, Joliet IL 60432
(815) 774-4663

Grundy County

We Care of Grundy County
530 Bedford Rd.
Morris, IL 60450
(815) 942-6389

Kendall County

Kendall-Grundy Community Action
811 W. John St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-9100

Legal Help:

Prairie State Legal Services
18 West Cass Street – 5th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-5123