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ACCESS115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 640-2100 voice
(800) 613-8549 toll free
(312) 640-2102 tty
Contact: Bhuttu Mathhews
  • Housing location assistance for people with disabilities, monthly housing resources workshop and weekly budgeting workshops
Family & Support Services
Undergoing eviction call Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (312) 738-9200
Call 311 and request "Short Term Help" to be transferred to the Homelessness Prevention Call Center
  • Time-limited monetary assistance
  • Case management to individuals and families in danger of losing their housing due to financial hardship

Mercy Housing Lakefront
Department of Property Management
120 S. LaSalle St,, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60603

North Area Community Service Center
4740 N. Sheridan Rd.
(312) 744-3580
TTY: (312) 744-2081
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9a.m. to 5p.m.
Wednesday: 11a.m. to 7 p.m.

Northside Community Federal Credit Union
1011 W. Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 769-5800
Contacts: Munai Newash
  • Works with low-income families to achieve financial stability, purchase homes, and work out credit problems.
  • Munai teaches a class on financial literacy, which qualifies candidates for HUD funding.

Spanish Coalition for Housing

1922 N Pulaski
Chicago, IL 60639
Phone: (773) 342-7575
  • Provides housing to low and moderate income individuals and families
  • Call to make an appointment

EZRA Multi-Service Center
909 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
  • Meet with a housing locator on Thursday mornings between 9am - 11:30am, no appointment needed. Get help finding affordable options, permanent supportive housing, and subsidized opportunities.

Housing Locator Program
  • The city is funding Housing Locator positions at the following agencies: Featherfist, San Jose Obrero, Housing Opportunities for Women, and La Casa Norte
  • The Housing Locators have a small amount of money to help people move into housing but the main focus is developing relationships with landlords and locating affordable housing


Chicago Low Income Housing Trust
  • Most subsidies from this program go directly to landlords but they do receive 3 HUD grants which they distribute to a number of local agencies such as Featherfist, Interfaith house, Thresholds, and Breakthrough Urban Ministries.
  • There is no single point of access for this program so you need to check with individual agencies to see what type of assistance may be available.
  • The Prevention committee of the Alliance is arranging a meeting/training to learn more about this progam; that info will be forwarded in the future.
Call 311 for the following rent assistance programs:

Chicago Department of Human Services
  • Will pay up to 1 month of rent
  • Cap of $900
  • Assistance on new apartment expenses (security deposit, utilities, rent, etc.) contingent on forced eviction from current apartment
  • People need to visit one of the Service Centers for assistance--there are 6 located around the city and they're open from 9-5 Monday through Friday
  • People can call 311 to get the location of the center for their neighborhood
  • In 2007 FEMA has awarded $1,754,343 to Chicago for food and housing assistance. The Greater Food Depository, Inspiration Corporation, United Way, and Catholic Charities all receive some funding.
  • Money is available to people experiencing a temporary crisis (they must have the resources to pay for the expense in the future).
  • One month's rent can't exceed $750 and assistance is limited to one month of rent.
  • One month of utility assistance is available to prevent service shut-off
  • Assistance is only available once every other year (unless there is a new crisis).
  • Though the HPCC does not have formal agreements with all the Chicago providers of FEMA funds, they do have more specific information on who has the funds; call 311 and ask for "short-term help" to get more information
Home Ownership Preservation Initiative
  • For Chicago residents in foreclosure
  • Accessed through 311
  • Free credit counseling (about 45" over the phone)
  • Grant and loans "may" be available and people are encouraged to call 311 to be referred to a credit counselor
  • Also listed online: 773-329-4185 (English), 773-329-4181 (Spanish)
State Homeless Prevention funds
  • Up to $1500 of assistance to Chicago individuals/households experiencing a temporary crisis (they must have the resources to pay for the expense in the future).
  • Rent, mortgage, utilities, and security deposits can be covered.
  • People can only receive assistance every 2 years if they are experiencing this kind of crisis or difficulty that makes them eligible for the funds.
  • Call 311 and ask for "short-term help" to get access to these funds
Chicago Family Assistance Centers
Supporting neighborhood affordability is a priority for the City of Chicago. It means making sure that people can afford to own or rent a home and maintain it. Supportive services such as energy assistance, social services, health services, child care, crisis response and employment services contribute to affordable neighborhoods.The City has established the Chicago Family Assistance Centers to bring access to a full range of city assistance programs together in one place.

Chicago Workforce Center
1657 S. Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

King Center
Chicago Department of Human Services
4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00am – 6:00pm;
Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

Garfield Center
Chicago Department of Human Services
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: Mon 9:00am – 5:00pm;
Tues-Thurs 9:00am – 6:30pm;
Fri-Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm

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