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Housing Assistance In The Illinois Region

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Faith Community Homes


Contact
302 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 342-0846


Description
Faith Community Homes reaches out to low income, employed families with children to assist them in securing attainable rental housing.  Mentoring and referrals are provided as they move toward financial stability and independence.   Individuals grow personally and become responsible, contributing members of the community. Further, they educate Church and civic organizations about the lack of affordable housing, and advocate for affordable housing issues with local government bodies.  

      Faith Community Homes provides supportive housing services to employed low- income families with children who are at risk of becoming homeless.   They help these families resolve their housing challenges by providing up to two years of mentoring and support which focuses on budgeting, planning for the future, and problem solving, with the goal of their becoming financially stable and independent.        The families they accept must have school age children, as they are also concerned about children being at risk for homelessness or in unstable living situations. The parents are expected to maintain employment.   Most importantly, the family must agree to meet with mentors weekly to review their budgeting, establish both long and short-term goals, and to work on other problems that may arise.   The long-term goals families set are most often centered on finding ways to improve their employability, often through further education.         The Program / Case Manager position provides for the training and supervision of volunteer mentors for each family; the process of interviewing, screening and selection of families applying for service; finding available housing options for families; the facilitation of the quarterly reviews of each family with their mentors throughout their time in the program; assistance with problem solving in case of emergencies and difficult situations that arise; and the coordination of volunteers who assist in many aspects of the program.        People wanting to mentor a family are usually known to one of their Faith Community Homes Board or Committee Members, sign a release for a background check, provide references, and complete an orientation and training program before being assigned to a family.   Mentors are supervised regularly by their Program Coordinator / Case Manager.         Some financial assistance is offered to the families.   Initially, this consists of help with a portion of their rent.   Families provide 30% of their income toward rent; they assist with the remainder. As their financial situation improves, they pay a larger portion of the rent, working towards paying their full rent by the time they complete the program.   Financial assistance for tuition or books may be provided to parents deciding to return to school in order to develop skills for a higher paying job.   They may also assist, when needed, with auto repairs or in finding a donated vehicle.   Help towards the fees for child-care, school supplies, and other expenses related to children, is also provided as needed.    At times they assist with some medical expenses and other unexpected financial demands.   In some instances, the financial help is in the form of a no interest loan.       The Program / Case Manager ensures that all of these activities take place for each family.   Every family is continually monitored for progress in reaching goals; options, possible solutions and recommendations for addressing problems are presented and discussed with the family.   The Manager and the Mentors do not act as “parents”, but rather as consultants and guides who provide encouragement and support.   While Faith Community Homes has a strong faith based support and origin, they do not require any faith orientation of the families they serve, nor do they discuss faith issues with them.         The success of their program is demonstrated by the families who have “graduated” and are now living independently without fear of losing their home and with the confidence that they can meet the challenges they encounter.    Families are able to navigate society constructively.               They have recently initiated a Phase 2 program as a safety net to prevent “relapses” for families who are struggling with specific problems at the end of their two year program.   These problems may include outstanding significant debts, unfinished education programs, sudden illness or even unexpected loss of employment.   In their Phase 2 program, families continue with mentoring, but they are responsible for all their financial obligations.   They currently have one family in this program.        

Area Served
Cook County

Community Housing Advocacy & Development (CHAD)


Contact
531 E Roosevelt Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 456-4452


Description
To provide and advocate for quality, affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals and families.

Their Sliding Scale program provides 35 households with rent assistance. Their Just Homes program has helped 29 families be able to afford homes.

Area Served
Dupage County

DuPage County Government Campus


Contact
421 N County Farm Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 407-6500


Description
DuPage Social Service Association (DSSA) is a not-for-profit affiliated with DuPage County's Human Services Division The mission is to serve residents who are low income, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those temporarily in need of financial assistance All funds go to direct assistance, and can help pay for a prescription, medical equipment, lab fees/medical bills, housing assistance and utility bills Clients receiving DSSA funds are those who often fall through the cracks in qualifying for other services and programs The funds also help expedite assistance to those in emergency situations Assistance in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Hours
8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Eligibility
Open to residents of DuPage County who qualify for assistance. Call for more information.

Documents Required
Call for information.

Area Served
Dupage County

Hanover Township


Contact
7431 Astor Ave
Hanover Park, IL 60133
(630) 540-9085


Description
Hanover Township provides services to individuals, families, couples, and seniors. **General Assistance provides a small cash grant to eligible persons *The Food Pantry provides food to residents once every 15 days, and also come once a week on Wednesday or Fridays for bread See website **The Emergency Assistance Program can provide financial assistance to eligible persons in cases of eviction and gas, electric, and/or water cut off notices **The Holiday Sponsor a Family program enables donors to provide gifts for specific families ** See Related Resources under Details tab for services for youth, families and Seniors in Hanover Township. **Services are available in Spanish.**Hanover Township encompasses the Cook County sections of Elgin, Bartlett, and Hanover Park, most of Streamwood, and unincorporated sections of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. **Community resources can be found on the website under Resources.

Hours
Office: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday; Food Pantry: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm Tuesday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm Wednesday thru Friday, 9:00 am-11:30 am Saturday. Closed on Monday.

Eligibility
Must be a resident of Hanover Township. For General Assistance grant, the client cannot be eligible for any other state or federal assistance with the exception of medical assistance benefits.

Documents Required
Call for an appointment. For Food pantry, come in during hours --need a photo ID and a gas or electric bill to verify residency at intake.

Area Served
Cook County

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Barrington Township


Contact
602 S Hough St
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-5632


Description
Barrington Township Office administers General Assistance Programs to township residents which provide ongoing financial and medical assistance to qualifying persons for as long as their need exists. An application can sometimes be expedited if an emergency exists. The Township also offers Emergency Assistance, a separate program providing one time per year assistance to qualifying residents of the Township. Transient Assistance may be available. Food pantry also available to Township residents once per month. Barrington Township includes parts of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Inverness, Hoffman Estates and South Barrington. Rental and utility monies once in a 12 month period.

Hours
Office hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Friday; Food Pantry hours: 9:00 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Monday- phone first.

Eligibility
To qualify for General Assistance, one must not be eligible for any other state or federal assistance program except Medicaid. The applicant is required to be a resident of Barrington Township. Also, there are numerous qualifications involving assets, income, and household composition.

Documents Required
Call for an appointment for General Assistance. For Food Pantry, call before visiting to be sure someone is there.

Area Served
Cook County

Hanover Township Izaak Walton Center


Contact
899 Jay St
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-8329


Description
The Hanover Township's Elgin Office provides Cook County Elgin residents with easy access to township programs and services *The Welfare Department is on site on Mondays to provide access to local, state and federal welfare programs, including LIHEAP. *On Tuesdays a community health nurse provides health screenings and events. *Tuesday and Wednesday evenings Youth and Family Services provides a therapist to see families *Tuesday evening there is tutoring for children *On Wednesday, senior services staff help with social service needs In addition, Senior activities are offered throughout the week *On Fridays the Assessor is in and anyone can walk in to talk about their tax assessment * Food is available on an emergency basis only during the week for Cook County Elgin residents For specific information on all services and to make appointments, please call the departments directly - see Contacts tab for all numbers Also available: voter registration and notary public Spanish is spoken.

Hours
Office: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday; Tuesdays: Youth and Family Services counseling: 4:30 pm-9:00 pm; Tutoring 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Eligibility
Cook County Elgin residents.

Documents Required
Call each main department to make an appointment directly to make an appointment at the Elgin office with Welfare, Senior, Youth and Family and Community Health Departments. Assessor available for walk ins.

Area Served
Cook County

Aurora Quad County Urban League


Contact
1685 N Farnsworth Ave
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 851-2203


Description
Quad County Urban League helps secure equal opportunities for all disadvantaged persons and people of color, including African Americans, women and persons with disabilities. Quad County Urban League advocates for and establishes programs that facilitate the social and economic growth of disadvantaged people in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties in Illinois. For youth, services include a variety of programs to help youth develop skills for employment and academic success. For adults, services include emergency housing assistance, help with discrimination complaints, and employment and career development services. Classes available include G.E.D. and Computer classes.**Quad County Urban League provides federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRRP) funds to prevent low income individuals and families from becoming homeless and to help those who are homeless to be quickly returned to stable housing.

Hours
8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday-Thursday; 8:30 am-4:30 pm Friday

Eligibility
Open to all who would benefit, particularly African American, women and those with disabilities. Youth Employment Services are for 14-21 year old low income out-of-school youth who live in Kane County. (summer program )

Documents Required
Call for information on requirements for the different programs and status of HPRRP
program.

Area Served
Kane County

The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps & Joe K. Anderson Community Center


Contact
1710 S 7th Ave
Saint Charles, IL 60174
(630) 377-2769


Description
Tri-City Salvation Army provides an array of services to the residents of Batavia, Campton Hills, Geneva, St.Charles, and Wayne These include: **Social Services - assistance with food, rent, and utilities Prescription assistance and a food pantry are additional services **Tri-County Golden Diners lunches are served Monday-Friday ** After School program for children in grades K- 5, including a summer day camp **Adult pick-up sports - basketball and dodgeball **Health and education programs including exercise and fitness, health screenings, computer classes, and recreation. **Youth enrichment and character building programs, like scouting.**This location is also houses a WIC program of the Well Child Center, LIHEAP, and Food Stamp (SNAP) applications. **Services in English and Spanish.

Hours
Office Hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Friday; Golden Diners lunches 11:15 am; Hours for other programs vary - see website or call for information.

Eligibility
Residents of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Campton Hills and Wayne. **For assistance services: proof of residency and persons residing in household, and evidence of a problem or need. Proof of address, social security cards or birth certificates for all family members, proof of income for all 18 and older. For housing and utility help, applicants need an eviction notice, and an actual eviction or shut off notice for utility assistance.

Documents Required
For social services, please contact Jennie New. For Community Center activities and after school program, please contact Carol Hedgren or register on-line. For Health and Education services, please contact Cathy Winters.

Area Served
Kane County

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago - Lake County Services


Contact
671 S Lewis Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 782-4000


Description
Keyword/Resource Guide: Adoption; Elder Abuse; Senior Abuse; Senior Citizen Abuse; Emergency Assistance; Electricity Shut Off; Emergency Food; Food Pantries; Food Pantry; E.F.S.P. (Emergency Food and Shelter Program); Gas Shut Off; Housing - Emergency; Housing - Financial Assistance; Housing - Permanent; Information and Referral - Office Hours; Prescription/Medicine Assistance; Transportation - General Assistance; Housing - Emergency; Utilities Assistance; Homeless; Congregations/Faith Based; Hunger/hungry; Abuse, Elder; Question/questions; Water Shut Off; Prescriptions

Area Served
Lake County

Geneva Twp General Assistance


Contact
400 Wheeler Dr
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-3607


Description
Geneva Township General and Emergency Assistance is available for those who do not qualify for state assistance programs. This agency will pay vendor costs, rent, utilities, food, and some medical costs, as well as provide vouchers Emergency assistance can be provided once every year.

Hours
8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday

Eligibility
Based on family or individual qualifications. Must be a Geneva Township resident.

Documents Required
Please call to schedule an appointment or to obtain an application.

Area Served
Kane County

Collect Your Social Security Benefits Early

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