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Rent help in Sangamon County.

Find charities, churches, and government agencies in Sangamon County that provide emergency rental assistance, free legal aid to tenants, or moving or security deposit help. There are resources for low income families, with priority to senior citizens, the working poor with children, and disabled. The resources used for this are limited, and a portion of rent can be paid using government grants or donations from the community.

Many of the local town government in Sangamon offer help. There are also charities as well as non-profits in Springfield that may have funds for everything from a security deposit on a new home to back rent or past due utility bills. In addition, some families can learn about more affordable homes they can live in, including from Section 8 vouchers. In these government programs applicants must be able to provide proof that they can afford future rental costs.

Assistance is only available when grant money is available. The funds can be used to prevent evictions and help with rent so the family can establish a home. If need be, there may be help in transitioning to a new apartment, with vouchers used to pay for a motel room for a night or so during this time-frame.

Capital Township General Assistance Office
Address is 2833 South Grand Ave. East
Springfield, IL 62703
Main phone - (217) 525-1736
When qualified and funding is available, residents of the town can receive up to $300 for a portion of rent arrears or energy costs. They can also assist with security deposits for those leaving a shelter.

Clear Lake Township
Location is 4260 Old Route 36
Springfield, Illinois 62707
Main phone - (217) 523-4210
Emergency grants may be offered for housing needs to prevent homelessness. They also process low income energy bill assistance, offer food, and more, along with funds for paying rent.




Contact Ministries
1100 E. Adams
Springfield, IL 62703
Main phone - (217) 753-3939
Rent help is for families with an eviction notice. They also issue loans in some instances. Case managers also help families locate new, affordable homes, apply for security deposit help, and offer other help to Sangamon County residents.

Salvation Army
Address: 530 N 6th St
Springfield, Illinois 62702
For referrals, dial (217) 525-2196

Sangamon County Community Resources
Address - 2833 South Grand Avenue East, Suite C100
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Main phone - (217) 535-3120
Residents facing extenuating circumstances or a financial crisis can seek emergency rental assistance. There is also a focus on homes with children, including single parents. Mortgage and rent help is for residents facing eviction or foreclosure as part of CSBG.

Fifth St. Renaissance/SARA Center
1315 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Telephone: (217) 523-2191
Funds for everything from rent to deposits, mortgage or utilities may be paid out.





Springfield Township
3298 Terminal Avenue
Springfield, IL 62707
(217) 525-1464
Social workers negotiate payment plans with landlord for rent arrears or utility providers, help families from the city apply for ESG grants, and offer other eviction help.

Woodside Township
490 North Street
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 522-3712

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
3085 Stevenson Dr
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 529-8400
Free legal aid can help prevent eviction, deal with Sangamon County housing discrimination, and other support.

Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED)
800 E. Monroe, Suite 108
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 789-2377
Rapid rehousing and homeless prevention is available by referrals to state programs.

Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc.
Main address - 701 W. Mason Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Phone: (800) 252-2516





Springfield Urban League
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703
(217) 789-0830
Financial aid for rent, utilities, heating or water bills may be available one time per year. Job placement is also available. Government grants are used for housing and rental expenses.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Springfield
Address - 1023 E. Washington
Springfield, IL 62703
Main phone - (217) 523-4551
Churches place families into transitional housing and help them address the housing crisis. In some very limited cases money may be available for a portion of rent, or they offer referrals to section 8 and other government aid.

By Jon McNamara

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