Our Mission

Mission: 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.

our mission houseWith offices in Freeport and Rockford, we serve a 10-county region in Northern Illinois, including Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, and Whiteside counties.

We know homeownership and foreclosure concerns can be overwhelming, that’s why HomeStart focuses on helping people achieve successful, sustainable homeownership through one-on-one counseling and group education. Whether it’s helping a family buy their first home or helping a family save their home from foreclosure, HomeStart is there for the people we serve.

Creating choice in housing, community in neighborhoods, and empowerment in personal finance throughout northern Illinois.

Looking for Rental Assistance?

Several agencies registered with the Illinois Department of Human Services can help. To find a provider working in your county, click here.

Starting at 9:00am on September 15, 2021, there will be an open application for rent assistance for anyone who is in a court eviction proceeding and can provide eviction court documentation. To apply to this program, click here. If you need assistance with uploading your documents for this application, call our office at 815-962-2011 and we can help. For more information on who qualifies and what documentation is needed, go to www.ihda.org.

If you need assistance with rental counseling, call one of our offices:  815-962-2011 (Rockford) or 815-232-6187 (Freeport).