Beginning August 1, 2022, each institution of higher education is required to designate a Housing and Opportunities that are Useful for Students’ Excellence (HOUSE) Liaison to assist students who may be facing housing insecurity or homelessness. Allison Shuppara-Ooton serves as Richland’s HOUSE Liaison. She can assist students who may be facing housing insecurity by connecting them with campus and community resources.

Contact Us

Allison Shuppara-Ooton, HOUSE Liaison
Phone: 217-875-7211, ext. 6304
Office: N120, Student Success Center

If you need immediate assistance, please call 211 to be connected to community resource information. If you are in immediate need of mental health services, please call 988. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Support Services

  • Help with referring students to campus resources, including: The Market, Student Assistance Fund, Mental Health Counseling, and Academic Support Services.
  • Referrals to area social service agencies depending on the student’s needs.
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarship options.
  • Providing a confidential, safe, and supportive environment.

Campus Resources

Post-Secondary Education Services for Youth in Care

If you are a student exiting DCFS/youth in care, you might be eligible for educational funding. For more information, visit the Illinois DCFS website.

Potential Funds/Financial Assistance Programs

Dove Financial (DFA Program): 217-619-9108

Assistance Programs

Food Pantry Locations


  • Careage House/God’s Shelter of Love: 217-422-2790 | 234 S College St. Decatur, Il 62521 | Providing emergency shelter to women and children
  • God’s Shelter of Love: 217-422-2790 | 929 N Union Decatur, Il 62522 | Women and Children
  • DOVE, Inc.: Domestic Violence Hotline | 217-423-2238
  • The Salvation Army: 217-428-4672 | 137 S Church St. Decatur, Il 62523 | Men’s shelter with temporary housing, support, job search, life-readiness, and self-sufficiency
  • Homeless Veterans:  217-278-9897 | Prescreen required
  • Water Street Mission: 217-424-2381 | 758 N Water St. Decatur, Il 62523 | Single men only
  • Illinois 211: Call 211 to be connected with resources in your community