The United Way of Champaign County is looking to establish the county's first emergency family shelter.
The group is currently in discussions with other social service groups in the area, and also some local churches, to start a pilot program to take in homeless families. The churches would provide shelter for the families to start. Then if all goes well, a shelter could be built that's dedicated to serving families in need.
The United Way's director of community impact Beverly Baker said the program will also try to get those needy families back on their feet.
Baker also said the need for a family shelter in Champaign County is great.
Baker said the United Way hopes to start housing area families in churches before temperatures drop for the winter. She said if a church is interested in taking in a family, it can call the United Way at 352-5151.