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Rental assistance Will County and Joliet.

Find how to get emergency rent assistance in Will County and Joliet Illinois. Resources available to qualified applicants include low income housing, emergency financial assistance to pay back rent to prevent an eviction, or security deposit help. There are also section 8 housing vouchers in Will County as well as free legal services for low-income tenants. Locate churches, charities, and government agencies that offer rental assistance and financial aid below.

A comprehensive listing of Will County Illinois programs are listed below. Call each agency to apply for rent or even utility bill help, or to get details on the services and resources they can provide low income residents. Get information on all services including the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, Section 8 vouchers, and General Assistance, all of which can be used to help pay rent and housing expenses.

United Way of Will County - This agency funds many local non-profit organizations, charities, and churches across Will County. Any funds and programs are then managed by those funded agencies. The goal is to help people get resources and services they need to make it through difficult times.

There are also free government grants or loans from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which can offer funds to pay rent in a crisis. Call the agency at 815-723-2500. Note that some non-profits in the county may issues loans for expenses, such as rent or other housing costs. Address is 54 N. Ottawa Street Suite 300, Joliet, Illinois 60432

Will County Center for Community Concerns - Runs a low income energy bill assistance program, low income housing, and other referrals. This is the local community action agency, and they can offer referrals to grant programs for rent that are part of the Continuum of Care.

The non-profit known as WCCCC also can help tenants, including seniors or the disabled, get legal aid. Or get help budgeting along with one time rental assistance. Location - 304 N. Scott Street, Joliet, IL 60432. Dial (815) 722-0722 for information. Or find details on Will County Center for Community Concern.




Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County - Rent help may be available for Military Veterans and their families. Also call them for housing Advocacy, Assistance, and other Financial Services for paying bills, debts, and more. They also offer HUD VASH and SSVF grants for housing, deposits, back rent or moving costs. Address of center - 128 N. Scott St., Joliet, Illinois 60432. Telephone - (815) 740-8389.

Catholic Charities - Free food, emergency rental assistance to prevent evictions, and other financial as well as non-financial aid is offered. They also run the DAYBREAK Center, which offers housing for lower income single women and/or parents with children.

The Daybreak Shelter, which provides shelter for the homeless as well as emergency financial assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and rent or mortgage assistance is another option. Catholic Charities Daybreak's Transitional Housing Program also provides housing for single mothers and their children while they work towards permanent housing and employment. Main office - 611 E. Cass Street, Joliet, IL 60432. Telephone - (815) 774-4663

Prairie State Legal Services - Offers free legal assistance for low-income persons and the elderly. Qualified clients can get advice and support in an effort to help prevent evictions or deal with landlord-tenant issues. They also help with applications to benefits, including section 8 vouchers.

This is the main Will County Free Legal Assistance program.  This can be to prevent evictions, landlord and tenant mediation, and information on Illinois law when it comes to security deposit returns. The Joliet Illinois pro-bono law firm is at (815) 727-5123. The main office is at 5 West Jefferson Street, Lower Level, Joliet, Illinois 60432, Dial - (815) 727-5123. Or find other information on free legal assistance in Illinois.





Martha's Youth Service Center operates social services from 409 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois 60432. Telephone number (815) 768-8750. Services offered by this agency include crisis intervention and general support. They may be able to arrange housing assistance and shelter for those who qualify. Referrals, case management, and other services are available.

Lamb's Fold Center only offers assistance for women and children, as well as single moms. There may be grants to pay for rent to prevent an eviction, rehousing, shelter and more. Those staying in the transitional housing apartments may receive help with for paying a security deposit when moving out. (815) 723-5262

Salvation Army of Will County and Joliet is at 300 3rd Ave, Joliet, Illinois 60433. Case workers offers various social services and financial aid programs, including free hotel or motel vouchers. Help with locating low income apartments, loans to pay for a portion of rent, referrals and case management is offered for housing needs. Call (815) 726-4834.

Love Christian , of Love in the Name of Christ, operates a Clearinghouse. Will County residents can get referrals to basic needs, including furniture for a home or apartment, appliances and more. They may also direct low-income families to financial help for rent or bills, or a homeless shelter. The address is 312 Park Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. For referrals, dial (630) 512-8665.

Will County General Assistance

Each town throughout the county offers the low income, working poor, and those in poverty this resource. The Will County general assistance program is monthly cash assistance that can be paid out to help meet basic maintenance needs and other expenses, which can include rent or utility bills.

Support and funds are paid out by your local Township Office. The exact type of services and application processes vary from office to office, however funds for paying rent, security deposits and housing expenses may be included. They rely heavily on government grants to pay for these resources. Please call you local town below.

  • Channahon - (815) 467-2569
  • Crete - (708) 672-8279
  • Custer - (815) 458-2252
  • DuPage - (630) 759-1317
  • Florence - (815) 478-3150
  • Frankfort - (815) 469-4907
  • Green Garden - (815) 277-9884
  • Homer - (708) 301-0522
  • Jackson - (815) 423-5771
  • Joliet - (815) 726-4781
  • Lockport - (815) 838-0380
  • Manhattan - (815) 478-3123
  • Monee - (708) 534-6020
  • New Lenox - (815) 485-6431
  • Peotone - (708) 258-9192
  • Plainfield - (815) 436-8308
  • Reed - (815) 458-6068
  • Troy - (815) 744-1968
  • Washington - (708) 946-2026
  • Wesley - (815) 476-7869
  • Wheatland - (630) 851-3952
  • Will - (708) 258-0980
  • Wilmington - (815) 476-9272
  • Wilton - (815) 478-4488







Will County Housing Authority information

This is another government run program. It can offer section 8 housing choice vouchers in Illinois. There is focused on families near poverty, seniors, the disabled and veterans, among others. The Will County PHA can also offer local public housing, self-sufficiency and rent assistance. The non-profits that run the programs include:

  • Housing Authority of Joliet - Address - 6 S. Broadway Street, Joliet, Illinois 60436. Phone number - (815) 727-0611
  • Housing Authority of Park Forest. The office is at 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Illinois 60466. Telephone - (708) 748-1112

Transitional housing

A few non-profits and charity offer short term transitional housing.

  • Agape Missions - Services are targeted at HIV/AIDS population. There is also temporary housing for  Single Men/Women and Families. Address - 840 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, Illinois 60435. Telephone - (815) 723-1548
  • Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children, Address - 153 S. Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60436. Call (815) 723-5262 for information on housing, shelter, and rent services.
  • MorningStar Mission - Assistance is offered for both families as well as Single Men and Women.
    Location - 350 E. Washington Street, Joliet, Illinois 60433. Dial (815) 722-5780


By Jon McNamara

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