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About Us


HomeStart is committed to creating vibrant, healthy communities in Northern Illinois by connecting people and families to beneficial, affordable housing resources and by leading community-based solutions to local challenges.

With offices in Freeport and Rockford, we serve a 10-county region in Northern Illinois
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, Whiteside Counties

HomeStart’s housing counseling services are focused on helping people achieve successful, sustainable homeownership.  We do that through both one-on-one counseling sessions and group education.  Whether it’s helping a family to buy their first home, or helping a family save their home from foreclosure, HomeStart is there for the people we serve.  We know home ownership and foreclosure issues can be overwhelming.  HomeStart can help you find the answers to your questions, and the solutions to your problems.

HomeStart’s work also extends beyond our housing counseling and education services.

  • We partner with the Rural Development office to package USDA 502 Direct Home Purchase loans and USDA 504 Direct Rehab loans and grants.  For more information, click here
  • In Freeport, HomeStart partnered with the City of Freeport to demolish deteriorated properties, and to put vacant lots back into productive use.   
  • In Rockford, HomeStart has collaborated with the City of Rockford and a number of other nonprofit organizations to provide housing rehabilitation grants to qualified residents within the West Gateway Neighborhood.  This project will improve over 50 homes this neighborhood over a three year period.