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Rent help in McHenry County.

Rental assistance can be provided in McHenry County Illinois. Several organizations specialize in offering residents access to low income housing, financial assistance for paying rent and security deposits, and a wide variety of other programs such as section 8 vouchers or homeless prevention advice.

Below are some of the non-profit agencies and government offices that focus on offering rental assistance in McHenry County. The services are focused on the low income, senior citizens, disabled, and unemployed. Each program will have limited funding, and various conditions that need to be met. The rent assistance is usually provided directly to your landlord and not directly to the client. Call one of the numbers below to apply for emergency help with paying rent.

McHenry County Housing Authority - A number of housing and rental assistance programs are offered by the government agency. They include grants which can be help with past due rent and funds for paying security deposits. The is also emergency shelter, first month rent for qualified applicants, ongoing payments for regular rental assistance and government as well as public housing for income eligible clients. In addition, maybe most importantly, families can get information and referral to charities and non-profits. 1108 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, Illinois 60098, phone 815-338-7752

McHenry County Workforce Center - Programs more focus on providing self-sufficiency, which address the root causes of homelessness. So direct rental assistance is not offered. What can be provided though is job placement as well as employment search, information sessions, and referrals to government programs. 500 Russel Court, Woodstock, IL 60098, 815-338-7100

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - Offers free legal advice for housing and landlord/tenant issues. Get help in preventing an eviction, advice for unsafe housing, or free legal representation in addressing government/public benefits. The law refer also partners with local McHenry agencies that do offer funds for paying rent. 400 Russel Court, Woodstock, Illinois 60098, 815-206-5828

McHenry Township Offices is located at 3703 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg, Illinois. Services offered by the town include, among other things, rental assistance and emergency shelter. There is also access to short term housing.





General Assistance Program is offered by McHenry Townships. The service is a government funded program of monthly assistance (including rent) to meet basic maintenance needs which are determined by the Illinois Department of Human Services. General assistance can include money for housing, rent arrears, and electric bills, among other needs. Section 8 housing vouchers can also be administered by the township. Call 815-385-5605

Home of the Sparrow, Inc. is offered for homeless women and children. It is a transitional housing program and will provide accommodations while the client works towards self-sufficiency. Affordable, lower income housing, apartments, and information on longer term rent assistance, such as section 8, may be offered. 5342 West Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050, call (815) 271-5444.

McHenry Township Emergency Assistance Program - This can offer emergency assistance for shelter, rent, food, utilities, and other bills. Documentation of income eligibility and emergency need is required., and people can apply only once every 12 months. Funds or no interest loans may be used to pay rent or mortgage if it will prevent eviction or foreclosure. 815-385-5605

Salvation Army Emergency Assistance is run in partnership with McHenry Township. This is for people who live in 60050, 60051, 60072 and 60097 zip codes. This assistance, offered in partnership with the non-profit Salvation Army, is similar to the township’s Emergency Assistance programs.Any support provided by the agency is in addition to the state of Illinois and federal government funded rent and housing programs. The funds can pay for housing, shelter, hotel vouchers, and monthly rental expenses and deposits. All applicants are treated with respect and dignity. Call (815) 455-2769. Or find more Illinois Salvation Army programs.

McHenry County PAD is formally known as “A Division of Pioneer Center for Human Services”. The non-profit government program can be reached at (815) 338-5231. In addition to getting a place to stay, individuals can enroll into workshops to gain other skills. Learn about goal planning, job training, time management, and where you may be able to get help in paying for a security deposit or rent after you leave the shelter.





Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake will only help tenants or low income families from the immediate town. Emergency funds can be used for paying rent or the agency will refer clients to loan programs. Call (815) 459-1095.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul has a few locations in McHenry County. The faith based charity offers help for housing needs, including rent to stop an eviction. Or clients can be referred to shelter or low income apartments, and this is in addition to the short term rental assistance. Crystal Lake, dial (815) 701-2737, Harvard tenants can call (815) 943-6406, and Woodstock families should try (815) 334-7711.

Senior Services helps residents offer the age of 55. Counseling is combined with applications for financial aid for paying rent, heating costs, and other housing needs. Dial (815) 356-7457 for information.

Catholic Charities has a few churches in the area, including at 5141 W. Bull Valley Road. Low income families, single parents, and the elderly can apply for homeless prevention. This ranges from money for rent, mortgages, or a security or utility deposit. Phone - (815) 344-6956.




By Jon McNamara

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