Community Support Services

SSOC provides personalized supportive services to individuals with special needs, such as mental illness and/or developmental disability, who reside independently in the community. Community Support Services empower individuals with disabling conditions to maintain their independent living situation and to facilitate achievement of his or her highest level of self-sufficiency and functioning.

We offer a full range of behavioral health services including:

  • Assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Life skills development
  • Individualized supportive interventions
  • Representative payeeship

Primary sources of income for these services:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • Program Fees
  • Grants
  • Donations


Supportive Housing Services

SSOC’s Supportive Housing Services seek to end homelessness in our community by providing safe, affordable housing and on-site services that empower residents to increase their independence, improve their quality of life, and maintain their housing on a permanent basis.  With 148 units, SSOC is the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless veterans, individuals and families in the area.  Providing a place to live is only the beginning.  SSOC works to ensure each family or individual is able to maintain their home with services and support dedicated to helping each build the self-sufficiency and the skills they need to change their lives.  Supportive housing like that offered by SSOC is the most cost effective way to end homelessness and reduce its related costs including healthcare, unemployment, institutionalization and emergency services.

Our 148 housing units are currently offered in six separate programs:

  • New Hope Apartments – an 84 unit efficiency apartment communal living facility
  • Monroe Manor – a 10 unit efficiency apartment complex
  • OASIS  – 6 unit one bedroom apartment complex
  • Glendale Commons – 28 units of one, two and three bedroom apartments for homeless families or persons transitioning out of institutions
  • Scattered site single family homes
  • Veterans’ Haven Adult Living Center  – for 15 homeless veterans with mental illness

Primary sources of income for these services:

  • United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
    • Division of Mental Health
    • Division of Family and Community Services
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Heart of Illinois United Way
  • Peoria Housing Authority
  • Rental Income (tenants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income)
  • Grants
  • Donations


Applying for Housing   Please include links to application checklist and housing application

Please note that to be eligible for South Side Office of Concern’s Permanent Supportive Housing Services, you must be BOTH homeless AND have a disabling condition.   The first step in the process is to review our application checklist and to complete a housing application.  Because of the high demand in for permanent supportive housing in our community, applications are prioritized to ensure that the individuals with greatest need receive assistance first.


Homeless Outreach & Rapid Re-Housing

PATH Program – Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

The PATH Program provides outreach and support services for individuals in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton counties who are homeless, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, do not have permanent housing AND have a serious mental illness.   The goal is to help those served find safe housing, meet daily living needs, and access the care and services that can improve their daily lives.  SSOC PATH Program staff are a great resource for emergency services personnel  – available to follow up with those identified by local police and fire departments as being in need of housing or support services.  They also reach out to homeless individuals where they congregate to engage them in services.

PATH services include:

  • Outreach
  • Screening and diagnostic treatment
  • Case management
  • Linkage and referral to health services, job training, educational services and housing services
  • Assistance with identifying and securing appropriate housing.

The PATH Program is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the first initiative of this type in our area.

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Rapid re-housing assistance is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services  are tailored to the unique needs of the household. The core components of rapid re-housing are:

Housing Identification

  • Recruit landlords to provide housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Address potential barriers to landlord participation such as concern about short term nature of rental assistance and tenant qualifications.
  • Assist households to find and secure appropriate rental housing.

Financial Assistance

  • Provide assistance to cover move-in costs, deposits, and the rental and/or utility assistance necessary to allow individuals and families to move immediately out of homelessness and to stabilize in permanent housing.

Rapid Re-housing Case Management and Services

  • Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness identify and select among various permanent housing options based on their unique needs, preferences, and financial resources.
  • Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness address issues that may impede access to housing (such as credit history, arrears, and legal issues).
  • Help individuals and families negotiate manageable and appropriate lease agreements with landlords.
  • Make appropriate and time-limited services and supports available to families and individuals to allow them to stabilize quickly in permanent housing.
  • Monitor participants’ housing stability and be available to resolve crises.
  • Provide or assist the household with connections to resources that help them improve their safety and well-being and achieve their long-term goals.