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homestart buildingSince 2013, HomeStart has provided services to support individuals and families attain, retain, and sustain homeownership and financial stability through one-on-one advising and group education. We strive to provide and create programs that meet our communities’ needs and support local initiatives for improving our neighborhoods.

Our programs are here at little to no cost to ensure our services are accessible to all individuals looking to improve their finances, interested in buying a home, or looking to maintain homeownership. After all, homeownership is one of the cornerstones of building wealth and financial stability.

Your donation to HomeStart supports neighborhood stability, supports services that empower families and individuals to feel confident in their finances, supports homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments, and supports HomeStart to address local needs.

Your donation is tax-deductible. HomeStart is a non-profit organization and chartered member of the Neighborworks America Network. (IRS EIN: 36-4143938)

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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.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority will reopen the Illinois Rental Payment Program on Monday, Dec. 6 instead of Monday, Nov. 8. While the date for the program reopening is delayed, money from this round will still be distributed to approved Illinoisans before the end of the year as originally scheduled. Applications will now be accepted from Monday, Dec. 6 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 9 at 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).