For Partners

for lenders contentOur goal is to build partnerships with lenders and community partners to ensure residents of Northwestern Illinois have access to financial and housing services. We work to engage with lenders to keep banks and credit unions up to date with program updates, develop programs and services that are relevant to marginalized communities, and work together in general to address community needs.

Opportunities to partner with HomeStart include:

  • Sponsor a workshop
  • Present at a workshop
  • Address your CRA Obligations
  • Build programs to address community needs
  • And more!

Please check out our Key Changes for DownPayment Plus Programs for more information on the 2019 changes to DPP.

If you have questions about HomeStart’s programs and services or are interested in partnering with HomeStart please contact us.

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

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