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Eviction prevention, rehousing and homeless assistance in Illinois.

Low income families facing eviction as well as the homeless in Illinois may be able to get assistance from non-profits that participate in the Continuum of Care as well as other resources, such as ESG grants as well as DHS. Get help from rapid rehousing, free landlord-tenant medication services or legal aid, moving help, grants for rent and more.

Free federal government grants from HUD, or the Housing and Urban Development, are used to provide various housing programs in the state of Illinois, which are listed below by county and city. The main objective of this particular program is stop future homelessness and help those individuals that currently need a home or apartment to live in.

In order to meet that objective, several non-profit agencies listed below coordinate resources for those that need them. They may have financial aid (for rent or security deposits), short term housing (emergency shelters and transitional units) as well as referrals to permanent solutions. All throughout this process, the Continuum of Care (CoC) will ensure that case management and self-sufficiency is provided to qualified individuals.

Grant and financial aid to stop homelessness or rehousing in IL

Illinois families or individuals facing imminent eviction may be able to get help. Priority is for those that would be most at risk if they were to be homeless. Some of what is offered, but will vary by location, includes the following.

  • Emergency assistance for paying back rent may be offered if the applicant is on the path to financial and self-sufficiency and if other qualifications are met.
  • Landlord / tenant mediation to find a solution to their crisis.
  • Referrals to free legal aid in Illinois, with the focus on eviction prevention services.

It is always best to seek help as soon as you start to struggle. Do not wait until an eviction notice has been sent by your landlord, as by then it is usually too late. While emergency rent assistance is available, it does take time to apply and get approved. Not to mention it will take time for the funds to be issued to the household. So seek assistance early, before an eviction is imminent.




Assistance for the homeless is also available. Grants from Continuum of Care are also focused on getting people into both short term, and ideally long term, stable housing in Illinois. So different services are offered to make this happen.

  • Case managers and social workers from the not-profits will offer advice, guidance, and referrals to low income housing. Or they can coordinate shelters if that is a better fit.
  • After the client is stable, learn about financial support that may be available. This can include loans for paying rent or funds to pay for moving expenses or a security deposit.
  • Ongoing case management can ensure the client remains housed in their new home or apartment.
  • During the Illinois winter, when the shelters are full, motel vouchers may be provided to the homeless.

Permanent housing assistance as well as referrals

For those that are homeless, placed into a new home, or faced with eviction, the various organizations in Illinois work with clients on self-sufficiency. Different workshops, case management sessions, and other support is administered. Topics touched upon will include credit counseling, job placement, budgeting, and medical care or nutrition. All of this, and much more, is a key component of Continuum of Care as it is intended to end the cycle of poverty or homelessness.

If for some reason you are not qualified or if the non-profit does not have the resources available to meet your needs, then referrals may be offered. They centers will have linkage to other local charities, churches, government agencies or non-profits in Illinois. One of the key partners will be law firms, as being able to access affordable (or free) legal advice and support can go a long way to averting an eviction. So pro-bono law firms are often a key part of the Continuum of Care services as well as homeless prevention and rehousing.

The agencies that offer homeless prevention in Illinois also are aware of other Housing and Urban Development programs. The case managers can refer clients to specialty resources, and there are many for the disabled as well as low income senior citizens. All of these can both stop an eviction or rehouse the individual. Find a listing of HUD programs.







Illinois local homeless prevention programs

Many other charities as well as Department of Human Service Organizations also operate their own eviction and rehousing programs. These will be for local families only. Everything from security deposit help to motel vouchers or money for paying utilities or rent may be provided. Find a county below, or scroll down for more resources..

Homeless prevention and rehousing agencies in Illinois

Central Illinois HUD Continuum of Care
Path Crisis Center
201 E. Grove
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 828-1022 for information
Counties are DeWitt, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, Livingston, Logan, Mason, Menard, McLean, Piatt, and Vermilion.

City of DeKalb non-profits that offer Continuum of Care
City of DeKalb
Address is 223 South Fourth Street, Suite A
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 748-2060

City of Evanston Continuum of Care
Address is 2100 Ridge Room 1700
Evanston, IL 60201
Main phone - (847) 866-2955

City of Chicago Continuum of Care
Chicago Continuum of Care
1111 N. Wells Suite 50
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 573-8819
Supports the greater metropolitan area, and families that need a more affordable home or apartment to live in, or that are homeless, can be assisted with first months rent or the security deposit, as funding allows.

Continuum of Care for Kane County
A. Hamernik & Associates, Inc.
4745 Seeley Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
For information, call (630) 926-0598





Cook County and Chicago Continuum of Care
West Suburban PADS, P.O. Box 797, Oak Park, IL 60303, (708) 488-1724
Catholic Charities, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016
The non-profits offer solutions to low income families that are behind on their rent or even delinquent on a mortgage payment. Assistance is available to help the homeless, including funds for security deposits. Other resources include transitional housing, grants, and advice for tenants with a pay or quit / eviction notice.

Decatur and Macon County Continuum of Care
Homeward Bound
788 E. Clay Street
Decatur, IL 62521
Dial (217) 362-7700 for intake.

Du Page County Continuum of Care
The Department of Community Services of Du Page County
421 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone number for information is 630 407-6500

Heartland Continuum of Care
Springfield Urban League, 100 North 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703, main phone (217) 525-6061
Catholic Charities - 800 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62703, call (217) 523-4551
Counties are Sangamon, Rosalind, and Bond. Some clients may be given a loan as a form of payment to stop an eviction, and other mediation services are also administered.

Homeless Action Council Continuum of Care - St.Clair
Office address is 9 Public Square, Suite 200
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 277-6790

Joliet/Will County
The non-profit Will County Center for Community Concerns runs the service
304 N. Scott Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 722-0722

Lake County Continuum of Care
Lake County Development & Planning
Primary location is 18 North County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Telephone: (847) 360-6352
Call the government agency for referrals to charities in Illinois. Agencies may have funds for either a utility or rental deposit and other financial aid.

Madison County Continuum of Care
Madison County Community Development
130 Hillsboro Ave
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 692-7040
There may be referrals to government grants and other support.

Mchenry County Continuum of Care
Main location is 101 North Virginia Street, Suite 210
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 206-5805

Northwestern Illinois region
Project Now
Address is 418 19th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 793-6391
Counties served are Knox, La Salle, Lee, Marshall, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, and Whiteside.

Peoria Area
YWCA of Peoria
Main address is 301 N.E. Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 685-7655
Supports both Peoria and Fulton County.
Programs support single parents, children, and others.

Rockford/Winnebago/Boone County Continuum of Care
425 E. State
Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 967-6759





South-Central Illinois Continuum of Care agencies
CEFS Economic Opportunity. Corp.
P.O. Box 928, 1805 South Banker
Effingham, IL 62401
Telephone (217) 342-2193
Counties are Calhoun, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby. Rapid rehousing services can help families with placement into a new home, or assist with paying the security deposit on it.

Southern Illinois Continuum of Care
The Women's Center, 408 W. Freeman, Carbondale, IL 62901, (618) 529-2324
Western Egyptian, #1 Industrial Park, Steeleville, IL 62288, dial (618) 965-3193
Counties - Alexander, Bond, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson

Urbana/Champaign County Continuum of Care program contact information
Department of Community Development Services
Main address is 400 South Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Call (217) 384-8263
Numerous services can prevent homelessness in the area. They also support the vulnerable, such as disabled and seniors, if they are faced with an eviction.

West Central Illinois region
Western Illinois Regional Council/CAA
Location is 223 South Randolph
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 837-3941
Assists residents in Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, and Warren.

Other counties and residents should dial the Illinois Department of Human Services
300 Iles Park Place 1st Floor
Springfield, IL 62762
Main phone - (217) 557-9108
The agency may have information on a number of programs to help those facing eviction. Examples could be the emergency solutions grants for paying back rent or an energy bill, free legal aid from pro-bono firms, and other cash assistance from the state of Illinois.


By Jon McNamara

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