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House Key in Door

It is a challenge for individuals and families who find themselves looking for affordable housing in New Trier Township. Admittedly there are not a lot of options. The Township frequently receives questions from residents who find themselves in the position of needing moderately priced housing, emergency housing or housing geared for residents with of specific needs. In response to those inquiries, the Township offers this listing as a resource.

The options listed are useful only to those who fall into the categories noted. The Township does not offer emergency housing or housing advocacy support, but there are professional organizations that provide those services in addition to foreclosure prevention and related support, and they are listed here as well. Finally, the Housing Choice Vouchers program (formerly known as Section 8) is explained in this guide.

Please note that we have made every effort to verify these programs, but     changes will occur as resources shift. We wish you success with your housing search and invite users to share information with the Township Office that may help us expand this listing for the use of all residents.

 

Section I: Housing options categorically by population served

Disabilities

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center Skilled Nursing Facility 4900 N. Bernard St. Chicago 60625 www.ambassador-nursing.com 773-583-7130
Atrium Health Care Center 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com 773-973-4780
Birchwood Plaza Skilled Nursing Facility 1426 W. Birchwood Ave. Chicago 60626 www.birchwoodplaza.com 773-274-4405
Brightview HealthCare & Rehabilitation Centre 4538 N. Beacon St. Chicago 60640 www.brightview.com 773-275-7200
Bryn Mawr Care 5547 N. Kenmore Chicago 60640 www.brynmawrcare.com 773-561-7040
Catholic Charities: New Hope Apartments 1717 Rand Rd. Des Plaines 60016 www.catholiccharities.net 847-376-2112
Eden Supportive Housing 940 W. Gordon Terrace Chicago 60613 www.edenslf.com 773-572-6485
Friedman Place 5527 N. Maplewood Chicago 60625 www.friedmanplace.org 773-989-9800

H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities & Maintainance for the Elderly):

         
  • Blackhawk Manor
4959 W. Medill Ave. Chicago 60639 www.homeseniors.org 773-921-3200
  • Nathalie Salmon House
7320 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago 60626 www.homeseniors.org 773-921-3200
  • Pat Crowley House
1537 W. Rosemont Ave. Chicago 60660 www.homeseniors.org 773-921-3200

Housing Opportunities for Women:

         
  • Chronic Homeless Initiative
Please contact     www.how-inc.org 773-465-5770
  • Family Two
Please contact     www.how-inc.org 773-465-5770
  • Shelter Plus Care
Please contact     www.how-inc.org 773-465-5770
Mid American HealthCare & Rehabilitation Center 4920 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago 60640 www.midamericacare.com 773-769-2700
Wilson Care 4544 N. Hazel Ave. Chicago 60640 www.wilsoncareinc.com 773-561-7241

Domestic Violence

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Apna Ghar Private     www.apnaghar.org/services/shelter
800-
717-
0757
 

24-hr emergency hotline

Atrium Health Care Center 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com
773-
973-
4780
Connections for Abused Women and Their Children: Greenhouse Shelter Private     www.cawc.org/programs/greenhouse
773-
489-
9081
House of the Good Shepard Private     www.hgschicago.org
773-
935-
3434
KAN-WIN Transitional Housing Program 4 units Chicago/1 unit suburbs     www.kanwin.org/housing
773-
583-
0880
Neopolitan Lighthouse Private     www.neopolitanlighthouse.org
773-
722-
0005
YWCA Evanston/North Shore--Mary Lou's Place Private     www.ywca.org 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868

Families

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Casa Central: La Posada Interim Housing 1332 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago 60651 http://www.casacentral.org/programs/La-Posada 773-782-8820

Cornerstone Community Outreach:

       
 
 
  • Hannah House
 4615 N. Clifton Ave.  Chicago  60640 http://www.ccolife.org/our-family-shelters/ 773-271-8163
x 0
  • Sylvia Center
4628 N. Clifton Ave.   Chicago  60640 http://www.ccolife.org/our-family-shelters/ 773-271-8163
x 0
Family Promise of Chicago North Shore 1417 Hinman Ave. Evanston 60201 www.fpcnorthshore.org 847-475-4500

HIV

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance: Bonaventur House 825 Wellington Ave.  Chicago  60657  www.alexianbrothershousing.org 773-327-9921
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center Skilled Nursing Facility 4900 N. Bernard St. Chicago 60625 www.ambassador-nursing.com 773-583-7130
Atrium Health Care Center 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com 773-973-4780
CALOR: Casa Contreras 1122 N. California Ave. Chicago 60622 www.calor.org 773-489-2417
Catholic Charities: New Hope Apartments 1717 N. Rand Rd. Des Plaines 60016 www.catholiccharities.net 847-376-2112
Chicago House Multiple locations Chicago 60614 www.chicgohouse.org 773-248-5200x2
The Children's Place Association: Residential Center Multiple locations  Chicago  60647  www.childrens-place.org 312-733-9954 

Heartland Alliance:

         
  • Heartland Human Care Services: EPOCH
4411 Ravenswood Chicago 60640 www.heartlandalliance.org/whatwedo/our-programs/directory/epoch.html 773-751-4025
  • Heartland Human Care Services: Next Step
Please contact     www.heartlandalliance.org 773-506-9520
  • Heartland Human Care Services: Summit
Please contact     www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4025

Housing Opportunities for Women:

         
  • Chronic Homeless Initiative
Please contact  Chicago  60626  www.how-inc.org 773-465-5770
  • HOPWA
Please contact       773-465-5770
  • Shelter Plus Care
 Please contact
     

773-465-5770

Men

Program Address City Zip Website Phone

Cornerstone Community Outreach:

Multiple locations     

 

 

 
Epworth Shelter       www.ccolife.org 773-271-8163
Leland Permanent Housing       www.ccolife.org 773-271-8163
Irving Park YMCA 4251 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago 60641  www.ymcachicago.org/irvingpark 773-481-6900
Lincoln Park Community Shelter  600 W. Fullerton Pkwy. Chicago 60614  www.lpcsonline.org

773-549-6111

McGaw YMCA Mens Residence 1000 Grove St. Evanston 60201  www.mcgawymca.org

847-475-7400

x 214

North Side Housing & Supportive Services: Housing Trust Program Humboldt Park and Near North Side locations     www.northsidehousing.org 773-244-6401

Mental Illness

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Atrium Health Care 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com 773-973-4780
Bryn Mawr Care 5547 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago 60640 www.brynmawrcare.com 773-561-7040
Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments 1717 Rand Rd. Des Plaines 60016 www.catholiccharities.net 847-376-2112
Greenwood Care 1406 Chicago Ave. Evanston 60201 www.greenwoodcare.com 847-328-6503

Heartland Alliance:

         
  • Antonia Community Support Residential
4730 N. Winthrop Ave. Chicago 60640  www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4103
  • Pathways Home Permanent Housing
Please contact      www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4103
  • Pathways Home Safe Haven
Please contact      www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4103
Housing Opportunities for Women: Family Two Please contact     www.how-inc.org/index.html 773-465-5770
Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston Throughout Evanston     www.housingopt.org 847-866-6144
Ignatia House 3052 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago 60618 www.ignatiahouse.org 773-604-4644

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois:

         
  • Hutchinson Group Home
3348 W. Hutchinson St. Chicago 60618  www.lssi.org 773-745-9870 x26
  • Keystone Group Home
4152 N. Keystone Ave. Chicago 60641  www.lssi.org 773-745-9870 x26
New Foundation Center Multiple locations     www.wilpower.org/housing.php 847-386-3060
North Side Housing and Supportive Services: Permanent Supportive Housing  Multiple locations     www.northsidehousing.org 773-271-8330 
Thresholds Housing Programs Multiple locations     www.thresholds.org 773-572-5500
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Multiple locations     www.trilogyinc.org/services/residential 773-508-6100

Programs for the Jewish Community

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
The ARK Chicago 6450 N. California Ave. Chicago 60645 www.arkchicago.org 773-973-1000

CJE Senior Life:

Multiple locations        
  • Farwell House
1420 W. Farwell Ave. Chicago 60626  www.cje.net 773-262-3113 
  • Jarvis House
1345 W. Jarvis Ave. Chicago 60626  www.cje.net 773-262-3113 
  • Krasnow
8901 Gross Point Rd. Skokie 60076  www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Levy House
1221 W. Sherwin Ave. Chicago 60626  www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Swartzberg House
3101 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago 60645  www.cje.net 773-262-3113 

Seniors

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center Skilled Nursing Facility 4900 N. Bernard St. Chicago 60625 www.ambassador-nursing.com 773-583-7130
Atrium Health Care Center 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com 773-973-4780
Birchwood Plaza Skilled Nursing Facility 1426 Birchwood Ave. Chicago 60626 www.birchwoodplaza.com 773-274-4405
Brightview HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre 4538 N. Beacon St. Chicago 60640 www.brightview.com 773-275-7200
Catholic Charities: St. Vincent de Paul Residence 4040 N. Oakley Ave. Chicago 60618 www.catholiccharities.net 773-539-2660
Center Home for Hispanic Elderly 1401 N. California Ave. Chicago   www.centerhomehe.com 773-728-8700

Consecra Housing:

multiple locations        
  • Patten House of Glenview
939 Harlem Avenue Glenview 60025 www.consecra.org 847-724-6308

CJE Senior Life:

multiple locations        
  • Farwell House
1420 W. Farwell Ave. Chicago 60626 www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Jarvis House
1345 W. Jarvis Ave. Chicago 60626 www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Krasnow
8901 Gross Point Rd. Skokie 60076 www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Levy House
1221 W. Sherwin Ave. Chicago 60626 www.cje.net 773-262-3113
  • Swartzberg House
3101 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago 60645 www.cje.net 773-262-3113
Elderly Housing Development & Operation Corporation: North Park Village Apartments 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago 60646 www.ehdoc.org/category/illinois 773-478-5185 
Friendly Towers 920 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago 60640 friendlytowers.com 773-303-4200

H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities & Maintainance for the Elderly):

Multiple locations        
  • Blackhawk Manor
4959 W. Medill Ave. Chicago 60639 www.homeseniors.org/services-in-the-community.html 773-921-3200
  • Nathalie Salmon House
7320 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago 60626 www.homeseniors.org/services-in-the-community.html 773-921-3200
  • Pat Crowley House
1537 W. Rosemont Ave. Chicago 60660 www.homeseniors.org/services-in-the-community.html 773-921-3200
The Ivy Apartments 2437 N. Southport Ave. Chicago 60614 www.ivyseniorliving.com 773-472-8400
Mid America HealthCare and Rehabilitation Center 4920 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago 60640 www.midamericacare.com 773-769-2700

Pathways Senior Living:

Multiple locations        
  • Victory Centre at Galewood
2370 N. Newcastle Ave. Chicago 60707 www.pathwaysl.com 773-385-5002
Regency Rehabilitation Center 6631 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles 60714 www.regencyrehabcenter.com 847-647-7444
The Renaissance Companies Multiple locations     therenaissancecompanies.com 773-278-8448
Saint Luke Housing Ministry: Independent Living 1501 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago 60657 www.stlukechicago.org 773-472-3383

Substance Abuse

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
A Fresh Start Sober Living Multiple locations     www.afreshstartsoberliving.com 312-238-8647
Atrium Health Care 1425 W. Estes Ave. Chicago 60626 www.atriumhealthcare.com 773-973-4780
Catholic Charities: New Hope Apartments 1717 Rand Rd. Des Plaines 60016 www.catholiccharities.net 847-376-2112

Heartland Alliance:

         
  • Pathways Home Permanent Housing
       www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4103
  • Pathways Home Safe Haven
       www.heartlandalliance.org 773-751-4103
Ignatia House 3052 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago 60618 www.ignatiahouse.org 773-604-4644
New Beginnings North Sober Living Home 809 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago 60640 www.newbeginningsnorth.com 773-960-4379
North Side Housing & Supportive Services: Permanent Supportive Housing Multiple locations     www.northsidehousing.org 773-244-6401

Oxford House:

Multiple locations

 

 

 

 

  • Oxford House Abbey
7759 S. Union St. Chicago 60620 www.oxfordhouse.org  773-488-2188
  • Oxford House Chambers South
9241 S. Halsted St. Chicago 60620 www.oxfordhouse.org 773-855-8577
  • Oxford House DAmouri
5441 S. Wood St. Chicago 60609 www.oxfordhouse.org 773-424-6029

Women

Program Address City Zip Website Phone
Cornerstone Community Outreach: Hannah House 4615 & 4628 N. Clifton Ave. Chicago 60640 www.ccolife.org  
Deborah's Place: Teresa's Interim Housing 1530 N. Sedgewick Chicago   www.deborahsplace.org 773-722-5080

Deborah's Place Permanent Housing:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rebecca Johnson Apartments
2822 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago   www.deborahsplace.org 773-722-5080
  • Marah's Permanent Housing Program
1456 W. Oakdale Avenue Chicago   www.deborahsplace.org 773-722-5080
  • Patty Crowley Apartments
1530 N. Sedgewick Ave. Chicago   www.deborahsplace.org 773-722-5080
Lincoln Park Community Shelter 600 W. Fullerton Pkwy. Chicago 60614 www.lpcsonline.org 773-549-6111

Youth

Program Address City Zip Website Phone

The Harbour:

         
  • Emergency Shelter
Private     www.theharbour.org
847-
297-
8540
x129
  • Youth in Transition
Private     www.theharbour.org
847-
297-
8540
x129
Haven Youth and Family Services Emergency Housing Private     www.havenforyouth.org
847-
251-
6630
La Casa Norte Multiple locations     www.lacasanorte.org
773-
276-
4900
New Moms, Inc. Transformation Center Housing Please contact     www.newmomsinc.org
773-
610-7696
x102

The Night Ministry:

         
  • 120-Day Interim Program
Private     www.thenightministry.org 773-784-9000
  • Transitional Living Program
Private     www.thenightministry.org 773-784-9000
  • Pregnant and Parenting Program
Private     www.thenightministry.org 773-784-9000
  • First-Step Housing Program
Private     www.thenightministry.org 773-784-9000

Section II: Housing resources—organizations that assist with housing placement and foreclosure prevention

Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County

http://www.suburbancook.org
4415 Harrison Street, Suite 228, Hillside, IL 60162
708-236-3261
 

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County coordinates the Cook County Continuum of Care, which encompasses homeless assistance efforts throughout all of Cook County except for the city of Chicago. As the lead agency for Cook County’s Continuum of Care, the Alliance brings together a range of services and housing options for homeless people.

Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance

http://www.cafha.net
1041 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60303

CAFHA is a consortium of housing advocacy organizations, government agencies, and municipalities dedicated to fair housing, diversity, and integration. It fights housing discrimination and advocates for strong communities at their local, state, and federal level.

  • John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center--Fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes serving the entire Chicago metropolitan area. 312-987-2397. fairhousingcenter@jmls.edu
  • Open Communities--Fair housing complaint intake and testing investigation services for all protected classes serving sixteen north suburban communities from Evanston to Highland Park and Lake Michigan to the I-294. 847-501-5760. info@open-communities.org.

Chicago Central Referral System Assessment Tool

http://www.chicagocrs.org

If you are homeless or living in a shelter, you can apply for housing offered by several organizations on the CRS. Housing options include permanent supportive housing and permanent housing with short term supports. The neediest applicants, as determined by the CRS, have first priority.

Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program

877-895-2444
 

If you are a homeowner who has received a summons to appear in court, you can call the helpline at (877) 895-2444 to schedule an appointment with a housing counselor. Legal assistance and counseling are provided at no charge.

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County/North Suburbs

http://www.cedaorg.net/www2/programs.html
2010 Dewey Avenue, Lower Level, Evanston, IL 60201
847-328-5166
 

CEDA’s Housing Program offers counseling to help families obtain or keep affordable housing. It works with lenders to settle payment plans for people seeking mortgage delinquency assistance. CEDA also works with landlords to place very low income families in temporary, affordable housing. A CEDA representative is available at the Township Office from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

Direct2Housing

http://www.direct2housing.org

Direct2Housing is an online search tool which provides useful information on housing options for those in need in Metro Chicago, including contact information, the application process and eligibility criteria.

H.O.M.E. Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly

http://www.homeseniors.org/Services-in-the-Community.html
1419 West Carroll Avenue, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60607
773-921-3200
 

H.O.M.E. supports older adults with their housing needs, offering a home upkeep and repair program, a shopping bus to transport seniors with limited mobility, and a moving program which provides seniors with support during a move.

Homeowners’ Referral Helpline

To obtain guidance and advice on avoiding the foreclosure of your home, call the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s helpline at (800) 386-5438.

HOPE Hotline

If you are behind on your mortgage payment, you can call the HOPE Hotline at (888) 995-4673 or connect with one of the HUD-certified housing counseling agencies throughout Illinois by visiting http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hccprof14.cfm or http://www.findaforeclosurecounselor.org.

Housing Opportunity Development Corporation

http://www.hodc.org/
2001 Waukegan Road, P.O. Box #480, Techny, Illinois 60082
847-564-2900
 

HODC is a non-profit that develops and manages affordable housing in the northern suburbs. It also offers educational presentations and counseling for first time homebuyers.

Housing Opportunities for Women

http://www.how-inc.org
1607 West Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626
773-465-5770
 

HOW helps women, children, and families break the cycle of homelessness through supportive housing, case management, support groups and assistance in locating housing.

Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network

855-KEEP-411
 

The Network brings together the information and services of several state agencies and certain non-profit agencies to assist you in navigating options that may help you keep your home.

Illinois Housing Development Authority

401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60611
General: 312-836-5200. Rental Housing Support: 312-836-8577.
 

The IHDA offers an online search tool which allows you to view Rental Housing Support (RHS) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) rentals in your town.

IL Housing Search

http://www.ilhousingsearch.org/

IL Housing Search is provided by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Illinois Department on Aging. The website contains information about properties available for rental.

IllinoisLegalAid.org

http://www.IllinoisLegalAid.org

This website offers information (including housing information) to low income Illinois residents on their legal rights and referrals to low or free of cost legal aid offices. It also provides forms and instructions for tenants to represent themselves. In addition, they offer a Foreclosure Help Toolbox for Illinois Renters.

Latin United Community Housing Association

http://lucha.org/
3541 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
773-276-5338
 

LUCHA offers counseling to prevent the foreclosure of your home, information on reverse mortgages for those over 62, other housing resources and services, and quality affordable apartments for responsible low-income individuals and families.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

http://lcbh.org/
33 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602
312-347-7600
 

LCBH offers free legal assistance to low and moderate income renters in Chicago and advocates for them in court.

Mortgage Information and Fraud Hotline

If you think you may have been a victim of deceitful or fraudulent lending practices, contact state mortgage fraud investigators at (800) 532-8785 or the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (877) 793-3470 to file a complaint.

Northwest Side Housing Center

http://www.nwshc.org
5007 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60641
773-283-3888
 

The NWSHC provides advocacy for families with their mortgage lender, as well as financial management training and coaching to prevent foreclosure. NWSHC also offers counseling on reverse mortgages to older adults. It also provides several financial education programs.

Open Communities

http://www.interfaithhousingcenter.org
614 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093
847-501-5760
 

Open Communities (formerly the Interfaith Housing Center) fights for fair housing rights in the northern suburbs. It educates the community about housing laws, investigates housing discrimination and helps in filing complaints, refers to housing attorneys. Open Communities also coordinates homeshares (shared housing). All of the services offered are provided free of charge.

Polish American Association—Technical Assistance Community Development

773-427-6326
 

Offers counseling and seminars in English and Polish, providing information on affordable housing, homelessness and foreclosure prevention, building safety, and legal issues surrounding housing. The Polish American Association aims to help clients find and keep housing. It also works to protect new immigrants from unscrupulous landlords who may take advantage of their tenants’ lack of English and knowledge of housing laws.

Section III: The Housing Choice Voucher Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for and receiving housing vouchers from the Housing Authority of Cook County can sometimes be a difficult, lengthy process, so it is important to explore other options as well. The following is a very brief overview of the program. For more detailed information, see the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Administrative Plan at http://thehacc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/here2.pdf.

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher program (otherwise known as Section 8) assists low-income families, the disabled, and the elderly in affording private market housing.

If you are approved, you are issued a rental voucher and personally find a residence in the private housing market that meets your family’s needs. The HACC will inspect the dwelling before the lease is signed and inspect again at least once a year thereafter. If the residence is approved, the HACC enters into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the landlord. You and your family must put around 30% of your monthly adjusted gross income toward rent and utilities and the HAP pays the remainder.

If you are a new voucher holder, you may choose a unit anywhere in the United States if you lived in Cook County when you applied for assistance. If you did not live in Cook County at the time you applied, you must initially rent a unit within Cook County for the first twelve months of assistance. If you would like to move to the jurisdiction of a different public housing agency (PHA), you should contact that PHA to confirm the procedures for moving.

Am I eligible?

Your family may be eligible if it meets the following five criteria. For more information on eligibility requirements and further definitions on terms, see Chapter 3 of the Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Plan at http://thehacc.org/w/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/here2.pdf.

  1. The family must fit the HACC’s definition of family. A qualified family is defined as:
    • A family with a child or children OR
    • Two or more elderly (62+) or disabled people living together OR
    • One or more elderly (62+) or disabled people with one or more live-in aids OR
    • A single person OR
    • Two or more individuals not related by blood, marriage, or adoption who can prove they lived together previously or demonstrate that every individual’s income and resources will be available for the needs of the family OR
    • Other groups of people at the discretion of the HACC
  2. The family must fit certain income requirements. A family must be:
    • A very low income family (annual income does not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for family size) OR
    • A low income family (annual income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, adjusted for family size) that is already receiving assistance under any 1937 Housing Act Program when the family is accepted into the HCV OR
    • A low-income family that qualifies for voucher assistance as a non-purchasing household living in HOPE a (public housing homeownership), HOPE 2 (multifamily housing homeownership) developments, or certain other HUD-assisted multifamily homeownership programs OR
    • A low income or moderate income family displaced due to a prepayment of a mortgage or voluntary termination of a mortgage insurance contract on eligible low-income housing
  3. At least one member of the family must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or non-citizen with eligible immigration status.
  4. Every member of the family must provide a valid social security number.
  5. The family must consent to the HACC’s collection and use of family information as provided for in the HACC-provided consent forms.

How do I apply?

To apply, the waiting list must be open. The HACC informs the public via newspaper or other media when the waiting list is open and may note specific types of assistance it is collecting applications for. Media outlets may include La Raza Newspaper, Pioneer Press, The Daily Southtown, Star Newspaper, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Daily Defender, the HACC website, or others. The public notice will include instructions on when and where you may receive and return applications. The HACC takes steps to make the application process accessible to the individuals with disabilities, the elderly, people with limited English proficiency and others who may experience difficulties applying.

Every pre-application is reviewed and an initial assessment of the family’s eligibility is made. The HACC will notify you in writing of your eligibility status. If you are eligible, you are placed on a waiting list. Keep in mind that, according to the HACC, no one has a right to be placed on the waiting list. In addition, you may be removed from the waiting list for various reasons, and being placed on the waiting list does not necessarily mean you will be found eligible for assistance if you are selected from the waiting list.

If selected from the waiting list, your family will be notified by mail. The letter will give you the date, time, and location for a required interview, as well as all the documents you need to bring to the interview. Accommodations can be made for people with disabilities and/or people with limited English proficiency.

If it is determined that your family is ineligible, the HACC will notify you in writing. If your family is eligible, the HACC will invite you to a briefing which will give you more information on the program and next steps.

Please note, being placed on the waiting list is no guarantee of selection for a housing choice voucher.

The following flow chart summarizes the process.

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Section IV: Homeless Support

Services for the Homeless

EntryPoint--If you are homeless and would like help, call EntryPoint at 800-439-6691 for street outreach and drop-in centers. EntryPoint links homeless individuals with shelter and services.

JOURNEYS The Road Home administers programs for HOPE Day Center, PADS and Pathways listed below. Applicants for these services should bring a picture ID with their most recent address to the JOURNEYS/The Road Home office:

JOURNEYS/The Road Home
1140 East Northwest Highway
Palatine, Illinois  60074
Phone: 847-963-9163 (HOPE Center, extension 17)
Services are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except major holidays.
 

HOPE Day Center--The HOPE Center is a day resource center that provides free services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. The HOPE Center offers case management, vocational counseling, mental health counseling, and supportive housing counseling, as well as referrals to pro-bono doctors, dentists, and state and federal entitlements. Additional HOPE Center services include a food pantry, hot meals, a clothing closet, laundry and shower facilities, access to voicemail and a mailbox, and transportation services to medical appointments and job interviews. A Family Nurse Practitioner offers free healthcare every week, including help accessing free or reduced-cost prescriptions for clients. JOURNEYS is proud to offer in-person counseling services to help all community members navigate the new healthcare law. This service is free of charge to any community member who would like to schedule an appointment. Please call 847-963-9163 x13 to make an appointment for this service.

PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter Crisis Services, Inc.)--Providing shelter and services to those who are at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The goal of PADS Emergency Shelter Program is to provide hospitality, food and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays.) The sites are staffed entirely by volunteers who prepare, supervise, and clean sleeping accommodations, along with preparing and serving breakfast, dinner and a sack lunch. 

Pathways Housing Readiness Program--The shortage of affordable housing in northwest suburban Cook County was the driving force behind the creation of JOURNEY's Pathways Housing Readiness Program. The Pathways Program offers hope for someone ready to take the next step in moving out of homelessness, preparing them to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement. Once housed, JOURNEY's clinical team provides clients with the necessary support and counseling services to promote stability and housing maintenance. Clients' goals are monitored and supervised through one-on-one clinical guidance to increase the potential for self-sufficiency and the final goal of matintaining permanent housing.

Soup Kitchens:

A Just Harvest--7649 North Paulina, Chicago 60626. 773-262-2297. A Just Harvest Community Kitchen serves a nutritious dinner 365 days a year to anyone in need.

Hilda's Place at the Lake Street Church--1458 Chicago Avenue, Evanston 60201. 847-475-7070 and please follow the prompts. Call ahead to schedule an intake appointment for placement. Hilda's Place is operated by Connections for the Homeless and provides overnight transitional shelter for men only from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Dormitory-style housing is provided for individual clients for up to 90 days with the goal of moving into housing upon exit. Volunteers at the shelter provide breakfast and dinner daily. Family services, prevention and other programs are available through Connections for the Homeless, 2121 Dewey, Evanston 60201, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hospitality Center at St. Mark's Episcopal Church--1509 Ridge Avenue, Evanston 60201. 847-475-1150. Hospitality Center is operated by the Evanston Ecumenical Council (EEAC) and offers morning shelter from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Services include employment counseling, spiritual guidance, nutritious snacks, medical, mental health and educational referrals. Facilities may be used for grooming.

See the Volunteer Center website for soup kitchens in Evanston that offer meals and support
http://www.volunteercenterhelps.org/soup-kitchens/
 

Food Pantries: 

Hunger Coalition Hotline--800-359-2163. Call for help with SNAP applications and for directions to a Food Pantry near you.

 

 
 
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