About the Northern Illinois Homeless Coalition

Who we are.....


We are a coalition of dedicated volunteers, non-profit agencies, public entities, businesses and faith based organizations who believe that housing is a human right.

We work together to help households that are homeless receive the services they need while following a housing first philosophy.

Housing first means that whatever barriers face a homeless household, permanent housing is the first and most critical need.

While we all work collaboratively, each agency does manage and run their own programs--the Coalition itself does not run any individual programs.  

Want to become a member?  We    are always looking for new members and would love for you to join. 

We are accepting all new members--social services agencies, organizations serving minority populations or the LGBTQ+ community, businesses, and concerned citizens.  

Are you a person with lived experience? Are you currently homeless or have you been homeless in the past?  We want you to join us too!   We need your feedback and expertise! 

Click here    for membership application.

Completed applications should be emailed to Shelly Perkins  

Current Board Members:


As of September 2020 the current board of the NIHC consists of:


Chair Kira Devin (Prairie State Legas Service), Vice Chair Sarah Parker-Scanlon (Shelter Care Ministries),  Treasurer Adam Smith (ICA), Secretary Heather Beaufils (Remedies), Todd Kisner (Winnebago County Health Dept), Kevin Smerko (Rosecrance), Mike Hedrick (Rockford Rescue Mission), Shelton Kay (Crusader Clinic), Angie Walker (Community Action),  Angela Wood-Zuzevich (TLS Veterans), Deb Alfredson (Winnebago County Housing Authority), Paula Lind (Rockford Township), Shelly Perkins (Dekalb Housing Authority), Joanne Rouse (City of Dekalb), and Leslie Wicks (Hope Haven).