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About the Coalition

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 Patti Floyd

Current Board Members:


As of November 2022 the current board of the NIHC consists of:


  • Kira Devin, Chair (Prairie State Legal Service)

  • Sarah Parker-Scanlon, Vice Chair (Shelter Care Ministries)

  • Angela Wood-Zuzevich, Treasurer (Veterans Path to Hope)

  • Emily Schwartz, Secretary (NIReACH)


  • Todd Kisner (Winnebago County Health Dept)

  • Mike Hedrick (Rockford Rescue Mission)

  • Angie Walker (Community Action)

  • Angela Wood-Zuzevich (Veterans Path to Hope)

  • Paula Lind (Rockford Township)

  • Joanne Rouse (City of Dekalb)

  • Lesly Wicks (Hope Haven)

  • David Seigel (Housing Authority of DeKalb County)

  • Adam Smith (Institute for Community Alliances)

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