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Bloomington and McLean County rent assistance programs.

Several local charities and national non-profits offer rental assistance in McLean County Illinois. Tenants who are behind on their payment to their landlords, the homeless, and low income may all get some form of housing assistance. There are even government benefits that can be provided for paying rent, including section 8 vouchers, SSI disability or low income housing.

Most of the agencies are located in the city of Bloomington, but they cover the entire county. Any type of financial help (when it is provided) may not only include money for emergency rent help, but there may be some funds for paying utility bills, job training, and more. As any low to moderate income family in the need of housing help also generally has other needs as well.

Find details on places to turn to in McLean County. Whether it is a community action agency for a grant, the Salvation Army for shelter or one time rent help, assistance is available.

Prairie State Legal Services
Pro-bono office address is 201 W Olive St #203
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 827-5021
Free eviction defense services are offered. This is for low income families or the working poor, with senior citizens also getting advice. Or get legal support in applying for benefits, such as section 8 vouchers or disability.

The American Legion of McLean County
The center is at 2720 East Lincoln Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
Dial (309) 663-0361 for application criteria.
This is only for veterans who have children under the age of 17 with them. Short term financial aid can help with back rent, energy costs, transportation and more. Any housing is only one issue that can be addressed.

Salvation Army Community Center
The store and social service office is at 611 W Washington St
Bloomington, IL 61701
Main number: (309) 829-9476
Find overnight shelter, rent or food assistance, transitional housing, and more. Clients may be poor, single moms, or the vulnerable.





Bloomington Housing Authority
Location is 104 E Wood St #1
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 829-3360
They are the regional public housing authority. Section 8 vouchers, home buying support, self-sufficiency, and even shelters or public housing may be offered.

Mid Central Community Action Agency
Address is 1301 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Main phone number is (309) 829-0691
Housing programs range from LIHEAP grants to referrals to rent programs, ESG emergency grants, local loan programs, and more. They also offer mortgage foreclosure type assistance.

Home Sweet Home Ministries
Location of the charity is 303 E Oakland Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Call (309) 828-7356
A shelter only.

City of Bloomington Township Office of General Assistance
The office address is 109 E. Olive St
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 434-2210
Emergency rental assistance can only be paid out once every 2 years. The applicant needs an eviction or utility disconnection notice. Proof of income, any disability or public benefit, and more is needed. The grants for rent or security deposits may be combined with utility help, food, and other aid.


By Jon McNamara











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