SERVICE RESOURCES

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Low Cost Home Financing


Chicago Urban League Housing Department
Provides first time homebuyer counseling. 
>> thechicagourbanleague.org

 

Home Illinois Mortgage - Mortgage Assistance
Home Illinois Mortgage can provide up to $5,000 down-payment or closing cost assistance for first-time qualified home buyers. 
>> 1-877-456-2656

 

LUCHA
Programs include financial assistance to help pay for down-payment and closing costs, funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, for those who qualify. 
>> 773-276-5338, lucha.org

 

Marquette Bank 
Offers conventional and FHA purchasing and refinancing options.  
>> 615 W 31st St, Chicago, Il 60616, 888-254-9500, emarquettebank.com 

 

Neighborhood Housing Services 
A non-profit mortgage lender that may be able to help you with an affordable, fixed-rate mortgage product that fits your situation. For purchasing, refinancing, or rehabbing a home, NHS will help identify any down payment and/or closing cost assistance, or grant programs for which you may qualify. 
>> 1273 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60622, (773)329-4111, nhschicago.org

 

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Financial Education


Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA) 
Provides one-on-one and group counseling to those that are seeking to purchase housing. 
>> 567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60661, (800) 571-2332, cedaorg.net

 

GreenPath Debt Solutions 
Offers free debt counseling services, either over the phone, on the Internet or in-person. During sessions, credit counselors thoroughly assess each client’s financial situation and provide him/her with a customized budget and action plan.  
>> 20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 1928, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-629-6250, greenpath.com  

 

LUCHA
Provides free financial empowerment workshops. Each session targets a specific topic, aimed to provide vital information and training to build toward a reliable financial future. 
>> 773-276-5338, lucha.org

 

Marquette Bank
Offers classes that teach homeownership and personal finance skills.  
>> 615 W 31st St, Chicago, Il 60616, 888-254-9500, emarquettebank.com

 

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Foreclosure Prevention


Catholic Charities Emergency Services
>> 721 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 655-7500, catholiccharities.net

 

Chicago Urban League Housing Department
Provides mortgage default counseling and predatory lending counseling. 
>> 877-895-2455, thechicagourbanleague.org

 

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA)
Provides one-on-one and group counseling to those seeking to address the need for assistance in avoiding foreclosure or accessing alternative housing to prevent homelessness. 
>> 567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60661, (800)571-2332, cedaorg.net

 

Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network
The Network is a free one-stop resource to connect homeowners with important tools, including access to: counseling services, foreclosure prevention events, legal advice, tips on how to avoid mortgage fraud, mortgage assistance programs and other resources for homeowners. 
>> 1-855-533-7411 

 

LUCHA
LUCHA’s Housing Counseling Advocacy team works with households to mitigate potential and impending cases of foreclosure. 
>> 773-489-8484, lucha.org

 

Salvation Army (Kroc Community Center)
As service locations for people in need, Corps Community Centers provide emergency financial assistance, and grocery assistance through food pantries. 
>> 1250 W. 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643, 773-995-3350, kroccenterchicago.org  

 

Spanish Coalition for Housing
Offers free-of-charge foreclosure prevention services. 
>> 1922 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60639, (773) 342-7575, sc4housing.org

 

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Home Repair Services & Assistance 


City of Chicago Roof, Porch and Emergency Heating Repair Programs (formerly EHAP)
These two programs, through the City of Chicago, are available to assist with emergency home repairs but have very limited enrollment periods. 
>> 312-744 3653, cityofchicago.org 

 

City of Chicago Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) 
This program provides safety, security and accessibility improvements that help senior citizens to remain in their homes. Repair types are limited to minor repairs. Renters must have landlords’ permission. Application process can be found in the link below. 
>> cityofchicago.org 

 

LUCHA 
Provides assistance for low-income and families seeking home repairs through two programs: Emergency Housing Assistance and Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors. LUCHA will assist Chicago resident seeking home repairs but focuses on Wards 01, 26, 30, 31, 35.
>> 773-276-5338, lucha.org

 

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago INC (NHS) Home Improvement Loans
Offers affordable, fixed-rate improvement loans for large or small needs. Licensed, insured contractors must perform all home improvement work financed with NLS loans and an NHS Construction Specialist will be assigned to the project to guide you through the construction process. 
>> (773) 329-4010, nhschicago.org

 

Rebuilding Together
Provides free home repairs during select times of the year for Chicago and Cook County homeowners.
>> (312) 201-1188, rebuildingtogether-chi.com

 

USDA: Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants 
Provides grants the elderly very low income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. 
>> rd.usda.gov 

 

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Home Efficiency Services


Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA) 
Energy Services Program assists eligible Cook County residents with their home heating and cooling energy costs (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program-LIHEAP) as well as Emergency Furnace Repair. 
>> 567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60661, (800) 571-2332, cedaorg.net

 

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA)
Weatherization Program provides solutions to reduce energy costs and make homes more energy efficient for eligible residents in Cook County, Illinois. 
>> 567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60661, (800) 571-CEDA (2332) cedaorg.net

 

Elevate Energy Home Savings Programs
Helps residents maximize their home’s energy use. Offers advice on rebates, services and programs.
>> 322 S. Green St. Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607, (773)269-4037, elevateenergy.org 

 

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Homeless Assistance 


Bridge Subsidy Program
For those who have an Axis 1 diagnosis of serious mental illness concurrent substance abuse. Provides eligible clients from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, with assistance paying rent and access to supportive services. 
>> 2601 W. Marquette, Chicago, IL 60629, (312) 948-6503, dhs.state.il.us  

 

Catholic Charities Emergency Services
>> 721 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 655-7500, catholiccharities.net

 

Chicago Central Referral System
Registration site for individuals and families who are currently homeless and are seeking permanent supportive housing opportunities. 
>> ChicagoCRS.org

 

Chicago City Services 
For assistance with non-emergency City Services and for information on events, programs and agencies within the City of Chicago. 
>> 311 or (312) 744-5000 and ask for “Short Term Help”, cityofchicago.org 

 

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)
Services include prevention, outreach, shelter and housing programs and supportive services, manage the City’s main warming and cooling centers, conduct well-being checks on at-risk residents, and provide transportation to the shelters. 
>> 311, cityofchicago.org 

 

New Hope Apartments Program
Catholic Charities-provided transitional housing with intensive case management services for homeless families with children under the age of 18. 
>> 2601 W. Marquette, Chicago, IL 60629, (312) 655-7939 

 

Streets to Home Initiative
Catholic Charities-provided intensive case management service for the chronically homeless with a focus on keeping them housed. 
>> 2601 W. Marquette, Chicago, IL 60629, (312) 655-7939 

 

Suburban Cook County Homeless Prevention Center
Resource listing for organizations helping with: emergency shelter, mortgages/rent/utility assistance, and domestic violence assistance. 
>> suburbancook.org

 

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Senior Assistance


Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS)
Services include supportive living, dementia care, rehabilitation services, senior home care, senior home repairs, computer lessons & repairs, subsidized senior housing, and adult day wellness program. 
>> 1415 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640. 773-769-5500 cmsschicago.org

 

City of Chicago Senior Services, Chicago Department of Aging
Offers a myriad of programs, from those who are healthy and active, to those who are frail and homebound, as well as information on benefits and services, caregiving assistance, insurance counseling for seniors and regional senior centers. 
>> 1615 W. Chicago Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60622, 312-744-4016, cityofchicago.org

 

H.O.M.E. Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
Services include home upkeep and repair, a shopping bus, and a moving assistance program. 
>> 1419 W Carroll Ave, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60607-1149, 773-921-3200,  homeseniors.org 

 

IL Department of Aging 
The mission of the Illinois Department on Aging is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life. 
>> Senior Help Line: 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327, www.illinois.gov

 

Salvation Army (Kroc Community Center)
Corps Community Centers provide extensive assistance to seniors including, but not limited to, emergency financial assistance; grocery assistance through food pantries; educational and recreational programs.  
>> 1250 W. 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643, 773-995-3350, kroccenterchicago.org  

 

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Senior Housing


Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) offer alternatives to nursing homes for older adults who are at risk if living alone but do not require nursing care.
>> Directory: idph.state.il.us

 

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA): 
Offers a range of services and programs for seniors living in senior-designated housing and seniors living in family, mixed income and scattered sites developments. 
>> 60 E. Van Buren, #12, Chicago, IL 60605, 312-742-8500, thecha.org

 

H.O.M.E. Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
Services include three intergenerational affordable houses where seniors choose between individual apartments or, for residents who need some assistance, the Good Life Senior Residences at H.O.M.E. 
>> 1419 W Carroll Ave, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60607-1149 Phone: 773-921-3200, homeseniors.org

 

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)
Provides rental assistance to low income households. IHDA contracts with agencies around the state to manage the program in their areas. Those agencies, called Local Administering Agencies (LAAs), locate landlords to provide units for the program and accept applications from potential tenants. 
>> 312-836-5200, ihda.org/renter 

 

Senior Housing (Subsidized)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers rental assistance to eligible low-income residents of public or private housing units constructed and operated with HUD funds. Supportive services may be available at some locations. 
>> hud.gov/groups/seniors 

 

Supportive Living Facilities
An alternative to nursing home care for low-income older adults and persons with disabilities under Medicaid. For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Bureau of Long Term Care.
>> 217-782-0545, illinois.gov/hfs  

 

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Veterans’ Programs


Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Assists veterans and their families in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits; by providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes; and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.
>> 800-437-9824, illinois.gov/veterans 

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Assistance with identifying and preparing VA claims for benefits. 
>> 2122 W Taylor St. Room 105, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-980-4284, vfwilserviceoffice.com  

 

 

Veterans Housing

Catholic Charities: Supportive Services for Veteran Families 
Provides veterans living in Suburban Cook county experiencing homelessness, or imminent homelessness, with emergency housing and homeless prevention, intensive case management services, and connections to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 
>> Multiple locations, (312) 655-7700, catholiccharities.net 

 

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Incorporated (CEDA)  
Federally funded program designed to provide temporary housing for up to two years to homeless veterans needing supportive services. Interested honorably discharged Veterans must be willing to move to Chicago Heights, IL and meet other program compliances. 
>> 567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60661, (800)571-2332, cedaorg.net

 

VA: Home Improvement Grants 
There are three types of grants for veterans to enable them to make home modifications to accommodate for disabilities connected to their military service or for disabilities resulting from aging.  These are the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations or HISA Grant, the Specially Adapted Housing or SAH Grant, and the Special Home Adaptation or SHA Grant. 
HISA: https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/HISA2.asp
SAH& SHA: https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp

 

 

Veterans Group Homes and Assisted Living

Cooke's Manor/Hines
A transitional housing program in an alcohol/drug- free environment for men, giving priority to veterans. Minimal rent is charged. Veterans are required to have completed an inpatient treatment program or had a successful period of sobriety. 
>> Building 14, Hines VA Campus 5th Ave. and Roosevelt Rd, Hines, IL 60141, (708) 343-2873

 

St. Leo Residence
A long-term transitional residence with 141 individual studio apartments for single individuals giving preference to homeless veterans. 
>> 7750 S. Emerald, Chicago, IL 60620, (773) 651-9950

 

Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) 
Program designed to allow veterans who are potential candidates for nursing home placement to receive that level of care in their homes, their caregivers' homes or in non-supportive, independent living communities. 
>> Contact the Chicago City Agency on Aging: (312) 744-6681 

 

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Legal Aid Services


The Legal Aid Society 
(312) 986-2164
Legal Aid Bureau Inc
1 N Dearborn St # 10
(312) 986-4200

 

Legal Assistance Foundation
120 S La Salle St #900
(312) 341-1070

 

Chicago Legal Clinic
1914 S Ashland Ave
(312) 226-2669

 

The Chicago Bar Foundation
321 S Plymouth Ct #3B
(312) 554-1204
Open until 4:30 PM

 

Carpls
17 N State St # 1850
312-738-9200

 

Cabrini Green Legal Aid
740 N Milwaukee Ave
(312) 374-6197

 

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
33 N Dearborn St #400
(312) 332-1624
Opens at 9:00 AM

 

First Defense Legal Aid
(800) 529-7374
Open 24 hours
Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
6020 S University Ave
(773) 702-9611

 

Chicago Legal Advocacy
70 E Lake St # 1120
(312) 675-0912

 

Veterans Legal Aid Society
3838 W 111th St
(773) 429-3838

 

First Defense Legal Aid
5100 W Harrison St
(773) 434-4162

 

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 W Harrison St # 1900
(312) 325-9155
 

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