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Rental assistance in Chicago and Cook County.

Find how to get rental assistance as well as other housing resources in Chicago and in Cook County. There are charities, government programs, and churches that help low income tenants, the homeless, elderly, and disabled among others. Get free grants to pay back rent as well as security deposit help, free motel vouchers, or free legal aid for tenants. Find rental assistance near you in Chicago and Cook County.

Non-profits, charities and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services are available to stop homelessness as well. They offer immediate rent payment help to qualified low-income families. There are also a a range of Charities, churches and government agencies listed below, including no-wait list apartment. They will offer either emergency rental assistance, money for a security deposit, hardship funds to pay for a move or free legal services.

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services rent assistance programs

The government of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services runs several centers around the city. They administer rent, housing, utility, and other financial resources to the low-income and working poor. The addresses and phone numbers are below. The programs they administer include everything from financial assistance to free government grant money for paying rent or security deposits and referrals.

  • Call or stop by a center for help with housing or other needs. Some of the financial assistance programs administered include funds for rental, utility and heating bills, and other types of housing as well as security deposit assistance programs. The goal is to help solve the immediate crisis and place the family on a path for long term housing success.
  • Not only can an individual or family stop by for assistance with those expenses, but the Chicago Community Service Centers also serve as cooling and warming centers during the cold winter months and hot summer. They focus on helping seniors and the homeless stay safe while an application for rental or financial assistance goes through. Or they help fill the need if the individuals’ housing is not adequate.
  • Potential applicants will need to meet with a counselor and participate in an initial assessment to identify their specific needs and type of financial hardship. Some basic housing services can be immediately provided to the applicant. This ranges from money to pay rent to free legal aid, rehousing, and much more. If after this interview it is determined that the applicant has multiple or complex needs or issues then they will be assigned a government case worker from the Community Service Centers.




  • There is also help for rent for more vulnerable residents in Cook County, such as the elderly, disabled, or single moms. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services also helps veterans with housing needs.
  • Referrals are given too. Department of Family and Support Services have information on where people in Cook County can go to for help with such needs as rent, energy bills, and much more. They will also help individuals set personal goals, develop budgets around their housing needs and create plans to achieve them. They will also ensure ensure the clients stays on track.

In addition to rent relief in Chicago IL, a number of other assistance programs are provided by the Department of Family and Support Services offices. They can help with other basic needs and provide financial aid for bills in a crisis situation. Basically the centers take a holistic approach to solving a residents problems, no matter the issue. Case management and referrals are provided as well to other emergency rent assistance, and get more information on Department of Family and Support Services programs.

  • South Chicago is at 8650 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60617. Phone number - 312-747-0500
  • Englewood Center applications to grants to pay rent are from 845 W. 69th Street, Chicago, IL 60621. For applications or details, dial 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center is at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60612. Number - 312-746-5400
  • King Center. Address of center - 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60653. Dial 312-747-2300 for information.
  • North Area of Chicago housing and rent programs from Family Support Services are at 4740 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60640. Dial - 312-744-2580
  • Trina Davila is at 4312 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639. Phone number - 312-744-2014

Additional rental assistance in Cook County and housing in Chicago

The Inner Voice - The non-profit provides information on various rental assistance programs as well as housing units. In some cases, they may directly offer financial aid to income qualified Cook County and/or Chicago families. When this is available, grants may be issued to pay rent to prevent an eviction, or the homeless can apply for help with a security deposit fee.





  • Other resources include Supportive Housing, shelters, and support for veterans and the elderly. Some clients may receive a loan for the rental payment, and it will need to be repaid. Any financial aid offered by inner Voice will also usually require the participate attend case management. Call (312) 994-5830 for information or referrals.

Salvation Army Family Services
There are several around the county and city of Chicago. Family Services is where the financial help comes from. This may be for back rent, utilities, security deposits and more. There are also free motel vouchers, transitional housing programs, as well as homeless shelters in addition to emergency, one time rent help. More on rent assistance from Salvation Army Chicago.

City of Chicago and Department of Planning and Development works to develop affordable housing, with in public and private sector. As part of this, there may be information on income subsidized housing, rent or deposit help, section 8 and more. They also help people in Chicago with bad credit find a private landlord owned apartment to rent. The main office is at 1615 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622. Call (312) 743-0300

Rent assistance in Chicago IL areaIgnite - Teen Living Programs is for youth only. It can be teenagers or any age, and the goal of the non-profit is to get youth off the streets of Chicago into a permanent, affordable home or income subsided apartment. Or transitional unit. As part of this, financial aid for rent or moving costs, utilities, and more is offered as well as job programs. The office is at 180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. There are other resources for youth as well, including pregnant teens. Call (312) 568-5700.

SVDP of Cook County has multiple parishes, with the main Society of St. Vincent de Paul at 10525 Delta Parkway, Chicago, IL 60176. The Society of St Vincent De Paul Archdiocese of Chicago is a volunteer driven organization. Get emergency rent help, hotel or motel vouchers, free furniture, utility or security deposit help and more. Call (773) 779-6700.

Emergency Fund (All Chicago Making Homelessness History) is a free government grant service run from 651 W Washington, Chicago, IL 60604. Programs range from homeless shelters rent or utility help to stop evictions, tenant - landlord mediation and more. A number of volunteers are part of the government affiliated charity. They also help the homeless find a place to live and apply for rent relief in a stable homes. Dial (312) 379-0301.

Veterans in Cook County and Chicago can get help. There are multiple charities that offer housing, rent assistance, eviction prevention aid, moving cost services and more. Some of these Cook County as well as city of Chicago based locations may be partly funded by government grants. They may have referrals to emergency, deferred loans for paying rent, transitional housing programs, or eviction prevention services.

  • VACC, or the The Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County, helps veterans and their families. Rent help, furniture, grants, information on VA benefits, and so much more is offered. The office is at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL 60612. Call (312) 433-6010.
  • Volunteers of America of Illinois is another. The address is 47 West Polk Street, Chicago, IL 60605. Phone (312) 564-2300.







Spanish Coalition for Housing
Rental assistance is offered from multiple sites in Chicago and Cook County. All applications are in Spanish too. The focus is on low-income families with an eviction - pay or quit notice. Get emergency funds to pay back rent, information on affordable apartments and more. Immigrants, asylum seekers and migrants can also seek housing.

  • 9010 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Call 773-933-7575
  • SW Chicago office is at (312) 850-2660
  • 1922 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL. Call 773-342-7575

Location is 1015 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. Dial (773) 275-2586
The rent and housing program is known as Building Stable Communities (BSC). It is a government funded rapid re-housing program. The homeless and people facing eviction will get financial help, including for back rent or storage costs. Or get a free motel or hotel voucher for Chicago and other support. There are also details on state of IL long term rent relief programs.

Housing Forward
1851 South 9th Avenue, Maywood, IL. Dial 708-338-1724
They help the disabled and people with mental illness. There are funds to help them pay for unsubsidized housing.

Chicago Chesed Fund - Lincolnwood area only
7045 N. Ridgeway, Lincolnwood, Illinois. Main number is 847-679-7799
Housing assistance for Lincolnwood families
only includes referrals to free legal aid to help fight evictions. Grants for rent, security deposits, or mortgages. There is also free furniture, emergency loans (which can be for bills or rent) and more.

Chicago Housing Authority Central Office
60 E Van Buren St #12, Chicago, IL 60605. Phone - 312-742-8500
This is the public housing authority (PHA) for the city. They operate public housing, section 8 vouchers (HCV) for rent subsidized apartments, Family Self-Sufficiency and other resources. There are also emergency section 8 vouchers for disabled adults or women facing DV, leasing resources and social services.




Free lawyers for tenants are offered, including from government programs and pro-bono attorneys. They help tenants apply for section 8 HUD vouchers or rent subsidized homes. There is also free legal advice for housing court, help with housing discrimination and support for accessing no wait list apartments. Look here for low income housing no waitlist.

  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless offers number legal programs, information on rehousing and more. Learn about shelters, resources for paying security deposits or first months rent, and other self-sufficiency services. The location is 70 E Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601. Call (312) 641-4140.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, dial 312-341-1070. The address is  120 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60603. Families facing eviction or the currently homeless may qualify for help from pro-bono law firms, free legal aid, or local volunteer attorneys.
  • Lawyers Committee For Better Housing give free advice in housing court and address other low income needs. They try to stop evictions, ensure fair and equal access to affordable housing, including for immigrants and minorities. Free lawyers offer various services across Cook County. Call (312) 347-7600 to reach LCBH legal staff. Or the address is 33 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60602.

La Casa Norte
3533 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. Call (773) 276-4900
Homeless prevention and Rapid Re-Housing is offered, including to youth and singe adults. Rent assistance, help for storage costs, case management and more long term support is offered.

Catholic Charities Of The Archdiocese Of Chicago
There are multiple locations in the city and Cook County. Phone: (312) 655-7700
Clients of the church range from the homeless to Spanish speakers and working poor. Many services are available, including some from the church that focus on helping with rental arrears, permanent apartment/home placement for seniors and others. There is also tenant counseling, free furniture and much more.

CEDA - Community Action Agency of Cook County offers counseling only to tenants facing eviction. Call (312) 782-2332. However veterans may apply for transitional housing, which can lead to the possibility of future financial aid for moving expenses, first months rent, or other costs for a new apartment.

Homelessness Prevention Call Center - This is a regional service operated by non-profits and organizations such as All Chicago. Programs include grants in a crisis for paying overdue rental costs, rapid-rehousing (which can assist with security deposits and housing placement), and referrals. There is also rental assistance for veterans, single parents, and other vulnerable residents. Call toll free 1.877.426.6515, or find more details on eviction prevention in Chicago and Cook County.

Cornerstone Community Development Corps
Main address is 943 E Lincoln Hwy, Ford Heights, IL. Call 708-251-4750
Money for late rent is only offered in the Cook County towns of Ford Heights, Glenwood, Sauk Village, Lynwood area. There is also deposit help or funds to relocate.

Connections for the Homeless
2121 Dewey Ave, Evanston, Illinois 60201. Call 847-475-7070
Financial assistance is offered for back rent or other housing costs. Interest free loans, grant money and other funds are used for rental arrears help.





Trellus - Housing Navigation
Address: 2838 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659. Call (773) 564-4944
They help people with HIV/AIDs only. Low-income apartments, help to move or first/lasts month rent, medical transport and more is offered to HIV patients in Chicago.

Together We Cope
Address is 17010 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477. Main phone (708) 633-5040
Apply for rental assistance, utility bills and more. They also offer information on programs to help tenants buy a home. All funds for rent are limited to parts of Cook County.

Hanover Township Human Services
Government office is at 250 S. IL Route 59, Bartlett, Illinois 60103. Call (630) 289-1035
They only help residents of the town. Help with rent, veterans benefits, programs for the unemployed and struggling tenants is offered.


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