IL Housing Guide Update

IL Housing Guide is a guided search that connects people to housing resources from rental assistance, to homebuyer support, to legal aid. The site's resources have expanded and there are now resources listed for four Northern Illinois counties: Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties! With a few simple questions the site will list resources best for the unique situation you are in! To get started go to 

Thank you Community Foundation of Northern Illinois! Your support made this housing resource guide a reality!

For services providers, HomeStart has created a business card with the web address on it to give to clients and commuinty members utilize. We also have printed the resource guides for each county. If you would like business cards to provide to your clients or would like resource guide handouts with housing resources listed on a full page you can request these here. Fill the form and send it to rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 815-962-2650.

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).