COOL Family/Transitional Housing Program has been in operation since 1988. This program provides services and programs including life skills training along with rent and utilities paid homes for homeless families, many of whom are struggling single parents. COOL guest families benefit from the opportunity to complete educational training, secure better employment and save for first and last months’ rent or a down payment on a home. While living in COOL housing,  families will work with a case manager who will help to ensure that each family is financially stable and equipped for a long lasting transition to self-sufficiency upon leaving COOL.

COOL Family/Transitional Housing currently provides eight housing units for struggling homeless families to begin life anew.   The units are located in Waukegan and Zion, Illinois. Housing guests are selected from applications submitted to COOL on the basis of need, appropriateness for the program and availability of housing.

Homeless families accepted in the program should be employed full time, have a successful history of sobriety, have a commitment to beginning a new life including establishing a savings  account, and a willingness to comply with program rules and guidelines.

Guests are referred to COOL by state and local government agencies, private programs, churches, and individuals. Anyone wishing to apply for COOL Family Housing can call (847) 662-1340 for an application form or download it here.

Since the Family Housing Program was initiated, over 200 families have graduated; Fifteen saved enough money while in the program to become first time home-buyers and many were single women with children. 85% of our guests have maintained independent living long after leaving the COOL program.

COOL receives funding from government grants, corporate and private foundations, and the United Way of Lake County. COOL also receives financial contributions from member churches and generous individuals.



Serving Lake and
McHenry Counties

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COOL Central Offices
127 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
Phone: 847.662.1340
Fax: 847-662-1255
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Pantry East Waukegan
123 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
847.662.1230

Hours:
Mondays: 1:00-5:00 PM
Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month
call 847.662.1230 for details

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Pantry West Ingleside
25519 W. Highway 134
Ingleside IL 60041
847.270.0411

Hours:
Mondays: 1:00-5:00 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month
call 847.270.0411 for details

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Family Housing Program
127 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
call 847.662-1340

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