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Get rental and housing assistance in Winnebago County Illinois.

Churches, charities, and government programs in Winnebago County Illinois help low income families pay their rent as well as other housing costs, such as security deposits, utility bills, moving costs and more.  There are also subsidized and emergency housing programs, such as Section 8 vouchers or homeless shelters. Find how and where to get a grant to help with rent, short term housing, and other support in the Rockford Illinois region and county.

There are several housing resources offered, including the following:

  • -Grants or loans to pay costs including back rent, utility or rental deposits, storage fees, or utilities.
  • -Short term housing including homeless shelters, free hotel vouchers or transitional housing.
  • -Free lawyers offer legal aid in Winnebago County to stop evictions or foreclosures.
  • -Housing and rental assistance for the vulnerable, such as disabled, veterans, elderly, or single moms.

Find details on all these programs, both emergency or long term housing solutions below. If not qualified then referrals as well as case management can always be an option from the charities or government agencies in Winnebago County Illinois.

They only help low income residents. General or emergency assistance can help pay rent to stop evictions. There may also be motel vouchers, food, LIHEAP applications and more combined with the rent grants.

  • Rockford Clerk, 119 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61101. Dial (815) 962-8855.
  • 819 Melbourne Avenue, Machesney Park, Illinois 61115. Town residents can dial (815) 633-9382

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford as well as Winnebago County is based at 555 Colman Center Dr, Rockford, IL 61125. Multiple churches help the poor, immigrants and needy. Everything from furniture to emergency rental assistance, motel vouchers, deposit help, clothes and more is offered. They also offer referrals to other churches or social services. Call (815) 544-5434 or (815) 399-4300.




Rockford Human Services Department of Winnebago County
Government office is at 555 North Court Street
Rockford, IL 61103
For information, call (844) 710-6919
Temporary cash assistance can be used to pay rent, utilities, mortgages and more. This is short term, temporary free government money for the poor and low income.

Prairie State Legal Services is a pro-bono law firms. Lawyers and attorneys can provide free advice in housing court to stop evictions. They also help with housing discrimination, delayed applications to section 8 benefits, debt repair and more. The address is 975 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103. For free attorneys dial (847) 662-6925.

Housing Authorities of city and county
Housing programs include section 8 housing choice vouchers, family-self-sufficiency, home buying grants or loans, and more. They also offer public housing, emergency section 8 rent vouchers for the disabled or elderly. And other resources. The Rockford Housing Authority is at 815-489-8500. Winnebago County Housing Authority is another place to call at 815-963-2133. More on IL emergency section 8 vouchers.

Lifescape Community Services
Address is 705 Kilburn Ave
Rockford, IL 61101
Main phone number is (800) 779-1189
They only help the elderly and Winnebago County residents over the age of 60. Supportive housing, information on social security or retirement funds, medical care and other senior help.

Salvation Army of Winnebago County
416 S. Madison St.
Rockford, Illinois 61104
Phone number is 815-972-1135
Resources include referrals to rental assistance, low cost furniture from thrift store, meals, blankets, homeless shelters and more. Financial aid for rent or energy costs is very limited.





Short term housing in Winnebago County Illinois

Rockford Rescue Million is at 715 W State St, Rockford, IL 61102. Call (815) 965-5332. They operate a homeless shelter as well as a summer colling station. Women, men, families with children, etc. can all use the shelters.

MELD Trinity House Homeless Shelter is a shelter for single mothers as well as children. Address is 620 Kishwaukee St, Rockford, IL 61104. Call (815) 963-3369

Shelter Care Ministries, located at 218 7th St, Rockford, IL 61104, is transitional housing. Also get case management, employment resources, information on rent or deposit help when moving and more. Main number is (815) 964-5520

The Bridge, Youth Services Network, is emergency shelter for young men and teenagers at 107 N 3rd St, Rockford, IL 61103. For capacity call (815) 986-1947


By Jon McNamara

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