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Assistance programs from Volunteers of America of Illinois.

A number of programs from the Volunteers of America in Illinois mostly resolve around housing. However other services, such as school supplies from Operation Backpack and resources for veterans, are available. Many people and businesses from the state partner with the non-profit to coordinate services.

Volunteers of America is one of the state of Illinois and also America’s largest non-profit organizations. Some of the focus is on providing quality, safe, and affordable housing for low to moderate income households. This can include referrals to security deposit programs, eviction prevention services, and loans for certain housing expenses, maybe even rent payments. Assistance is mainly for those who would otherwise find it impossible to achieve their dream of living in an affordable home or apartment.

Housing programs

The organization is strongly committed to the cause of providing quality, affordable housing and apartments across the state. The units will be in safe and supporting environments and are offered to all that qualify, particularly for senior citizens and adults with disabilities. Volunteers of America in Illinois will help those who would otherwise be forced to live in substandard and unsafe conditions because of their limited financial resources. More details can be found below. Some of the units and apartments include the following.

  • Cedars of Lebanon - This unit is an over 100 apartment community located 25 miles east of St. Louis, MO. This low income housing unit serves low-income seniors ages 55 and older. Call 618-537-6112.
  • Les Chateaux North and Les Chateaux West Apartments (phone 314-436-7523) are communities for the elderly.
  • Marycrest Village Apartments is an apartment community located 40+ miles southwest of Chicago Illinois. This housing is for the low income senior community that lives in Joliet, IL and southwest Cook County. 815-744-7810.
  • PT Bosley Estates, which can be reached at 314-534-4700, is a 52-unit, low-income senior community.
  • Low income seniors can turn to the Hopewell Village, which located in the Central West End area of St. Louis, MO. Telephone - 314-371-1227.
  • EADS Square Apartments, is another center for older adults. 314-773-6674.
  • New Northside Apartments, 314-869-9700.




Two communities known as Balsam Terrace and Spruce Manor Apartments are based in Jacksonville Illinois. They are for income qualified, hearing impaired seniors age 62 and older. One center is for the low-income, disabled persons age 18 years and older.

Shelters and transitional housing is offered for the homeless too. However contact them before you are in this conditions for any eviction prevention resources. Volunteers of America of Illinois creates and manage short term housing for the homeless, the aged, and people with disabilities. Case managers offer clients a wide variety of support services and emergency assistance.

Veterans programs

VOA of Illinois helps hundreds of veterans every year. It will move them from homelessness to long-term stability, employment and self-sufficiency. The program offers Veterans and their families with much needed support and guidance. It can help them reach their full potential by providing continuous, hands-on support.

The housing units include Hope Manor I Apartments, which is an 80-unit permanent support housing program for homeless Veterans. Not only do they get shelter and a home, but this housing program provides a comprehensive range of on-site services (meals, clothing, personal hygiene items) and support for homeless Veterans. Hope Manor I is located in the 27th Ward, which is on the west side of Chicago.

Hope Manor II is another Volunteers of America of Illinois center that will have 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, studio apartments and even four bedroom town homes. The low income housing community aims to provide a diverse range of supportive services to Veteran-headed households and their families. This is based in the Englewood neighborhood Hope Manor II and it is spread over several parcels of land donated by the City of Chicago on 60th and Halsted.





The goal of these two communities is to provide the necessary assistance to Veterans or former military families in order to bring about long-term improvements and stability in their lives. This is done by encouraging them to build new skills and become more self-sufficient. Job search assistance, information on government benefits and more is available in an effort to help them create strong support networks.

Seasonal assistance from VOA Illinois

Holiday Wishes is a Christmas assistance program. It is arranged for by Volunteers of America of Illinois each and every year during the holidays. All children in their foster care program and also children of the Veterans from the community service receive free gifts, meals and toys during the holidays. These gifts are donated every year by generous businesses, individuals and companies in Illinois.

The Thanksgiving Luncheon for Veterans will show gratitude to Veterans and ex military members by honoring them all year round and especially during Thanksgiving and other holidays. This is done by inviting all of the Veterans from local communities  to join a free lavish meal. It is run in partnership with VA hospitals, shelters, housing units as indicated above, and all Veterans who have been through our doors.

School Supplies from Operation Backpack are for homeless children and also for children living in foster care. They can often find the first day of school particularly difficult because they cannot afford the back-to-school supplies that most other kids can. The non-profit therefore counts on donations so we can help give these children in need a great start on their first day of school. Some of the supplies passed out can include Backpacks for boys and girls grades K through 12th grade, Stationery - #2 pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, Protractors, Books & Binders, calculators, Thesaurus, High School Dictionary, and maybe even clothing.

Volunteers of America of Illinois serves the entire state. The agency is located at 47 West Polk Street, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 564-2300. If they can‘t help you, then referrals may be provided.




By Jon McNamara













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