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Housing Assistance

The Illinois Department of Commerce administers programs that offer housing support including housing rehabilitation, rental assistance, and accessibility assistance for occupancy by persons with disabilities. Assistance is offered through the programs listed below and must be accessed either through a unit of local government, a participating community action agency, or other not-for-profit organizations.

Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG)
Through the CSBG program, Community Action Agencies (CAA) offer a variety of services to assist individuals and families in moving towards self-sufficiency, including rental assistance for income eligible families seeking housing.  Click on the link to learn more about this program. 

For a Community Action Agency serving your area visit Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies or click here.

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Low-to-moderate income communities can apply for grants to improve housing and rehabilitate and retrofit properties.   A non-entitlement unit of local government can apply for a maximum of $450,000 in grant funds to improve the homes of its low-to-moderate income residents of owner occupied single family housing units.  Grants provide residents with safe and sanitary living conditions and help to stabilize low to moderate income neighborhoods and affordable housing in the community. Click on the link to learn more about this program.

For more information contact:

Office of Community Assistance
Illinois Department of Commerce
217.785.1709
communityassist@illinois.gov