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Rental assistance programs in Kankakee County.

Short term and long term rental assistance programs in Kankakee help low income families. There are churches, charities, government town programs, and community services that may assist. Find everything from funds to pay back rent to section 8 housing choice vouchers, loans, security deposit help and other financial aid, even for utilities.

The main recipients of rent help include senior citizens, the disabled, working poor, single moms, and those in a financial crisis. The main goal of the Kankakee County non-profits and government agencies is to stop homelessness. They use emergency funds (loans, grants, cash, etc.) for paying rent or utilities as well as non-financial aid, including legal aid, case management and other services to stop evictions.

Catholic Charities of Kankakee and nearby counties
Address is 249 S. Schuyler Ave
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Main phone - (815) 933-7791
Churches provide help to the low income, poor, immigrants, and others. Rent help and housing counseling is combined with employment, budgeting, and daily living. Any emergency funds for rental or energy bill assistance is limited.

The Salvation Army of Kankakee County
Office address is 148 N Harrison Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901
Main phone - (815) 933-8421
Assistance programs include a homeless shelter, emergency funds for bills or rent, low cost furniture.

Kankakee Township
Address is 908 S. Schulyer Avenue
Kankakee, IL 60901
Town residents only - 815-932-6317
General assistance/government welfare is offered once every 18 months for those in a financial crisis. Government grants can pay rent, food, utilities, security deposits, motel rooms, or other housing costs.





Kankakee County and City Community Services Inc.
Community action address is 657 East Court Street
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
(815) 933-7883
Grants or loans may be offered from the non-profit community action agency. They also help the homeless and near homeless (eviction or foreclosure) with financial help for back rent or other bills. The Kankakee County community action agency partners with the town. More on Kankakee Community Services Action rent assistance.

Homeless Shelter at Fortitude Community Outreach
Kankakee, IL 60901
Call 815-546-3271
They run the PADS Emergency Shelter program. It is for women, men, and children. Housing/shelter, food, meals, and more. Case management as well as information on transitional housing, low cost apartments, and eventual deposit help may be arranged too.

Kankakee County Housing Authority
Address - 185 St Joseph Ave
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Main phone number is  (815) 939-7125
The government agencies administers public housing as well as the section 8 vouchers. There may be rent subsidized apartments for the low income, senior citizens, as well as disabled in Kankakee County.

Prairie State Legal Services
Address: 191 S Chicago Ave
Kankakee, IL 60901
Call: (815) 935-2750
A non-profit pro bono legal aid firm. Lawyers, paralegals and others work to stop evictions. They help low income families with a pay or quit or eviction notice.

By Jon McNamara

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