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End Student Housing Insecurity

IBHE established the End Student Housing Insecurity (ESHI) grant to support institutions in addressing the root or systemic causes of homelessness and basic-needs insecurity among students. The state’s higher education strategic plan, A Thriving Illinois: Higher Education Paths to Equity, Sustainability, and Growth calls for closing equity gaps for students who have been left behind by, in part, by addressing learning renewal and student support needs, including housing insecurity and other basic needs. This grant is intended to support and supplement the work already taking place at the institutions under the Higher Education Housing and Opportunities Act2 to address the basic needs of the youth in care, at-risk, or currently experiencing homelessness. The agency is seeking proposals that address homelessness and housing insecurity in holistic and transformational ways so students can focus on completing their degrees. More information about applying for an ESHI grant can be found in the documents attached below.

ESHI Request for Proposals (PDF)  

ESHI Budget Template (Excel)   ESHI Uniform Grant Application (Word)