Child Care Assistance for those Experiencing Homelessness

Beginning in November 2018, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) will include children experiencing homelessness. According to the updated policy, families that are experiencing homelessness, submit the required Certification of Homelessness Questionnaire (CHQ), and are employed or attending an eligible educational activity, will be approved for CCAP for a 12-month eligibility period, as long as all other eligibility requirements are fulfilled.  Copayment for the family will be set at $1.00 per month for the first 3 months, and will then be re-assessed on the basis of the family's income for the remaining 9 months. 


Families documenting that they are experiencing homelessness will be given an eligibility period of 3 months, even if they are employed or participating in any educational activity. Families must also meet other CCAP eligibility requirements, including:

  • Be Residents of Illinois
  • Children must be younger than 13 years / younger than 18 years with a documented special need for care
  • Family income must be within program guidelines

The documentation requirements for families applying are as follows:

  • Complete, sign, and return the Certification of Homelessness Questionnaire (CHQ) to describe their living situation and to document if they meet the definition of 'homeless'
  • Certify on the CHQ that they have registered with an approved local agency or program within 30 days of the CCAP approval date. 
  • If not registered with an approved local agency, the family must indicate on the CHQ that they plan to do so within 30 days of signing the CHQ

Free Birth Certificates in Illinois for the Homeless

Illinois residents who are experiencing homelessness can now have a copy of their Birth Certificate issued to them for free. As of January 2018 following the passage of House Bill 3060, Birth Certificate fees are waived for individuals experiencing homelessness provided that they sign a form verifying their homeless status.  

This Birth Certificate Voucher form should be filled out completely and printed on the letterhead of the organization that is verifying the applicants' homeless status. The completed form can then be mailed to: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702-2737. Alternatively, the form can be submitted directly to the applicants' county clerk's office where a birth certificate can be issued. A list of appropriate Illinois County Clerk addresses can be found at  For applicants who need a valid photo identification(ID), the organization assisting the applicant must sign the Homeless Status Certification form for a free standard State of Illinois ID card to be issued.

For questions about this program or for guidance on the process and all requirements, interested individuals and service providers are welcome to contact the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless at 1-800-940-1119.

Carol Stream Christmas Sharing Distribution - Thursday, December 13th

Registration for the 41st annual Carol Stream Christmas Sharing Program is currently underway.  The distribution event is set to take place on Thursday, December 13th 2018. Registration closes on December 7th.

 The following documents are required in order to register:

  • Photo identification
  • Proof of current address (example: utility bill)
  • Birth certificate for each child 12 years and under

 Interested Carol Stream residents can register at the Village Hall at 500 North Gary Avenue in Carol Stream, Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 1:00pm, or at Walk-In Ministries Lutheran Church of the Master, 580 Kuhn Road in Carol Stream, Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Residents are also requested to call 630-871-6280 to schedule evening registration appointments if needed, and to volunteer to wrap presents and bag groceries on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday December 12th, 2018.  Here is a list of items needed for the program.