Housing Insecurity

Sauk Valley Community College is committed to providing supportive services to students who are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness.

Homelessness can happen to people of all socio-economic statuses, ages, genders and educational levels. Being homeless doesn’t just mean not having a roof over your head. Living in a car, a motel, a shelter, or a building not meant as housing are all forms of homelesssness. “Couch surfing” with friends or being doubled up with relatives in a temporary living situation can also be experiences of homelessness.

Attending college while paying for living expenses can be a tremendous challenge. Homeless students are often working and may also receive Financial Aid. In today’s world, Financial Aid is generally insufficient to cover living expenses for self supporting students. A lack of sufficient reliable income along with a lack of available affordable housing can put college students at high risk for homelessness.

All students experiencing homelessness are encouraged to reach out to the SVCC Homelessness Liaison for confidential assistance and connection to resources by completing the confidential request for assistance at:

Or contact the Homelessness Liaison directly at:
Mandy Aldridge
Ph: (815) 835-6390
Email: mandy.m.aldridge@svcc.edu

Homeless students who are under the age of 24 may be eligible to complete the FAFSA with or without access to parents' income information. Learn more at: Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth.

Local Resources by County


  • Bureau County Housing Authority (low income housing) 444 S Church St. Princeton, IL 61356. 815-879-8106.
  • Tri-County Opportunities Council-Rock Falls- (Homelessness prevention services, emergency shelter vouchers, low income housing. Serving Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside Counties in Illinois.)
    Housing - Tri-County Opportunities Council (tcochelps.org)
  • YWCA of the Sauk Valley (Emergency shelter from domestic violence)
    98 S. Galena Ave. Dixon, IL 61021. Ph: 815-288-1141 and
    412 1st Ave. Sterling IL 61081. Ph: 815-625-0333
    YWCA Sauk Valley - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women. (ywsauk.org)






State Resources:

Federal Resources

Veteran Specific Resources:

Services Locator

United Way 211

The Sauk Housing and Homelessness center was created to benefit our students as well as meet the requirements of Public Act 102-0083 to officially designate a Homelessness Liaison to assist students experiencing housing insecurities.