Where we live affects our well-being. Phoenix Community Development Services (Phoenix CDS) is committed to helping
our neighbors without homes find the safe, affordable housing they need to reach their full potential—and to making neighborhoods in our community places where people thrive.
A stable home is the key to health and wellness, safety and security, financial stability, self-sufficiency and independence.
When individuals and families move from homelessness into permanent housing, our community becomes stronger and
healthier. Phoenix CDS is dedicated to helping those without homes find the safe, affordable housing they need to end their homelessness permanently.
Phoenix CDS currently serves approximately 800 individuals annually in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Fulton
counties with the following services:
Supportive Housing Services provide safe, affordable housing and onsite support services that empower residents to manage their disabling conditions, increase their independence and improve their quality of life. Providing a place to live is only the beginning. Phoenix CDS helps each family or individual build the skills they need to maintain their housing permanently. Supportive housing is the most cost-effective way to end homelessness and reduce its related costs including healthcare, unemployment, institutionalization and emergency services. Managing 173 units of housing for individuals, families and veterans, Phoenix CDS is the largest supportive housing provider in central Illinois.
The Homeless Outreach Program reaches out to homeless families and individuals where they congregate—both on the street and at other points of access—to help them find safe housing, meet daily living needs and access services to improve their wellbeing. The program addresses the immediate barriers to securing housing in order to minimize the amount of time people are homeless and the negative effects of being homeless. After housing placement, case
management support and connection to community resources enable those housed to achieve long-term housing stability.
Community Support Services assist people with disabilities who reside independently in the community (not in Phoenix CDS housing) to help them maintain their independence and achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency.
Housing & Community Development Services are dedicated to new supportive housing and affordable housing development and broad-based community development activities dedicated to making neighborhoods in our community places where people thrive.
How to Help
Whether you have a lot of time or just a little, the time you spend volunteering with Phoenix CDS will have an impact. Whether you are interested in helping with a onetime project, volunteering on an ongoing basis, or arranging a day of service for your organization or company, Phoenix CDS would love to have your support! Examples of volunteer opportunities include:
- Complete a one-time maintenance or improvement project like landscaping or painting.
- Share your knowledge and expertise as a member of the Board of Trustees.
- Assist with planning and implementation of special events.
- Share your special hobby or skill with the residents of New Hope Apartments.
- Provide a nutritious meal for residents.
- Hold a drive to collect personal care and household supplies for our Homeless Outreach Team or for Phoenix CDS residents.
Phoenix Community Development Services
202 NE Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL 61602
Christine Kahl, Chief Executive Officer
Sara Runyon, Chief Operating Officer
Nick Mitchell, Vice President of Housing and Community Development