Illinois Hardest Hit Program returns, and the application is available as of August 1, 2016. Please go to to find out more information and start your application.*

This program requires all applicants to complete a Financial Literacy course.  Click here to find out about our free classes that will help you meet this requirement.

*Previous HHF recipients are not eligible to reapply.

HomeStart Services - How Can We Help You?
1. What you need to know before buying your first home
2. Down payment assistance & financing options for your home purchase
3. Home foreclosure help
4. Home improvement options

HomeStart provides housing counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, down payment assistance and homebuyer education to the residents of Northern Illinois.  As a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, a national network of 240 independent, community-based, nonprofit organizations, HomeStart is committed to helping community members find solutions to their housing goals.

HomeStart supports the Home Matters movement that unites America around the home as the place where lives and families thrive. Home Matters aims to build public support for the essential role that home plays as the bedrock for thriving lives, families and a stronger nation. As Home Matters grows, so too will public awareness of the proven connections between stable housing and jobs, education, health, the economy, public safety and other important facets of American life.