Beginning August 1, 2022, Illinois Public Act 102-0083, the Higher Education House and Opportunities Act, requires each institution of higher education to designate a member of staff to serve as the Housing and Opportunities that are Useful for Students’ Excellence Liaison (HOUSE Liaison).

HOUSE Liaisons provide assistance and resources to any homeless student or student in foster care enrolled at the institution. HOUSE Liaisons are also required to undergo annual training and collect certain data on the institution’s homeless population as part of this role. Additional HOUSE Liaison responsibilities are detailed in P.A. 102-0083. Below, ICCB includes links to the required annual training as well as links to other resources that may be beneficial to HOUSE Liaisons.

Academic Year 2022-2023 HOUSE Liaison Training

This training took place on November 3, 2022 via Zoom. This training is available on the IBHE website. If you are a HOUSE Liaison who has not completed the mandatory training for AY2022-2023, you must review the recorded training, complete and sign the training certificate, and return it to Deana Schenk, or Mackenzie Montgomery,

State and Federal Laws

IL Public Act 102-0083 Higher Education Housing and Opportunities Act

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Additional Resources

Continuum of Care Fact Sheet

National Center for Homeless Education

Illinois Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless

If you have any questions about the HOUSE Liaison program, please contact Deana Schenk, Senior Director for Student Success and Learning Renewal,, or Mackenzie Montgomery, Director for Student Success,