Rental Housing

The Illinois Housing Development Authority finances the construction and preservation of affordable housing throughout Illinois and administers several programs to help you locate the rental home or apartment that suits your needs. Listed below are helpful resources that can be used to find an affordable place to rent.

IHDA Search Tools

Find Affordable Rental Housing
ILHousingSearch.org will allow you to search thousands of affordable, subsidized and market rate units throughout Illinois. You can customize your search based on your specific needs, budget, and desired location. The service is also available through a toll-free, bilingual call center at (877) 428-8844.

 

 

Find an IHDA Property
The tool below will help you search for affordable rental developments that were built or rehabilitated using IHDA financing. Properties on this list may not currently have vacancies. To check the availability of units or reserve your spot on a waitlist, please contact the developments directly.

1. Select a rental unit type
2. Select a city or town

*Accessible units are designed to accommodate persons with degrees of physical challenges, and may include features like widened doorways, low thresholds, wheelchair friendly kitchens and bathrooms, lower-reach shelving and counters, or features for residents with hearing and visual impairments.

 

Rental Assistance

IHDA contracts with local agencies and select properties around the state to provide rental assistance. The contacts on the lists below can help you apply and, if eligible, place you on a waitlist for an appropriately sized apartment. You must be prepared to move into a participating property in order to receive rental assistance from either program.

 

Rental Housing Support Program
Provides rental assistance to extremely low-income households living in participating properties. Contact the agencies directly to apply.

Note for Chicago renters: The City of Chicago administers its own version of the Rental Housing Support Program. If you currently live in or are interested in living in Chicago and are in need of rental assistance, please contact the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund at (312) 744-0676.

Rental Housing Support Program Contacts

Local Administering Agency Name Service Area Contact Name Phone Number
Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County Lake County Alicia Sanchez (847) 263-7478
CEDA Suburban Cook County Dimitia McIntyre (312) 795-8962
DuPage Housing Authority DuPage County (Excluding Aurora) Michelle Ross (630) 690-3555
Housing Authority of Henry County Henry, Bureau, and Stark County Julie Platt (309) 852-2801
Housing Choice Partners Suburban Cook County Marielina Vargas (312) 386-1009
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies 45 counties – please call for a list Phillip Gentry (217) 789-0125
Kankakee County Housing Authority Kankakee and Will Counties Linda Ahlborn (815) 939-7125
Kendall County Housing Authority (handled by DuPage County Housing Authority) Kendall & Grundy County (excluding Joliet) Michelle Ross (630) 690-3555
Lazarus House Kane County Dawn McQuillan (630) 587-2144
Madison County Community Development Madison County Mary L. Ross (618) 692-8940
McHenry County Housing Authority McHenry County Julie Biel Claussen (815) 338-7752
Rock Island Housing Authority City of Rock Island Rexanna Gardner (309) 788-0825
Springfield Housing Authority City of Springfield Alexis Boswell (217) 753-5757
St. Clair County IGD St. Clair County LaTosha Johnson (618) 825-3334
Winnebago County Housing Authority City of Rockford, Boone, Jo Daviess and Ogle Counties Jilly Motzkus (815) 963-2133

 

Long Term Operating Support Program
Provides rental assistance at select properties across the state. Contact properties directly to apply.

Long Term Operating Support Program Contacts

Development Name Contact Name Development Location Phone Number Development Preferences Unit Sizes Available
Columbia Apartments Diana Wittenbrink Waterloo (618) 939-4444 N/A  1 & 2 Bedroom
Courtyard Square Tiffany Monroe Charleston (217) 238-5703 Mental Health 1 Bedroom
East Bank Pointe Townhomes Renee Geyers Alton (608) 348-7755 N/A 3 Bedroom
Monmouth Manor Apartments Julie Barger Monmouth (217) 732-7621 N/A 1 & 2 Bedroom
Lincoln Northside Apartments Shonna Davis Lincoln (309) 734-8925 N/A 1 Bedroom
Bradford Apartments Diana Wittenbrink Waterloo (618) 939-4445 N/A 1 Bedroom
Towerview Apartments Tammie Claus Woodstock (815) 344-4799 N/A 1 & 2 Bedroom
Haven House Deb Wessel Metropolis (618) 524-3653 N/A 1,2 & 3 Bedroom
Mt Vernon Senior Village Theresa Reiterman Mount Vernon (618) 242-1728 Seniors Only 1 Bedroom

 

Moderate Rehabilitation Program
The Moderate Rehabilitation Program provides rental assistance to low- and very-low income households living in participating properties in Cook and Will Counties. Below is a list of participating properties and their waitlist status. Contact the property directly to be placed on an open waitlist. Applications are only accepted for open waitlists. Please check back periodically for changes in waitlist status.

The following development(s) are currently ACCEPTING applications for placement on their waitlist

Development Name Development Address Property Manager Phone Number Property Information
Burnham Oaks Apartments 745 Red Oak Lane
University Park, IL 60484
(708) 748-1212 59 units (1 & 2 bedroom apartments)

The following development(s) have a CLOSED waitlist

Development Name Development Address Property Manager Phone Number Property Information
Diversey Square II Apartments 2600 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60625
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (773) 772-4063 48 units (1, 2, 3-bedrrom apartments)
Victory Apartments 2546 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Bickerdike Apartments (773) 227-6332 107 units (1, 2, 3, 4, 5-bedroom apartments)
Boulevard Commons Apartments 491 – 151 N. Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
WJ Management (773) 287-1395 19 units (2-bedroom apartments)
Harold Washington Apartments 4946 N Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60640
Mercy Housing Development Corporation (773) 506-3480 69 units (1-bedrrom apartments)
Single adults only – formerly homeless
McGill Terrace Apartments 829 E. 49th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
Prairie Management (773) 924-9689 48 units (studio, 1, 2, 3-bedroom apartments)
Kenwood Apartments 4624 S. Ellis
Chicago, IL 60653
East Lake Management (773) 285-3913 48 units (2, 3, 4-bedroom apartments)
Hazel Winthrop Apartments 4861 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-3116 30 units (2, 3, 4-bedroom apartments)
Jorge Hernandez Apartments 1307-1325 N. California
Chicago, IL 60622
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (773) 772-4800 54 units (1, 2, 3-bedroom apartments)
Merrill Courts Apartments 3859 S. Vincennes
Chicago, IL 60653
The Community Builders (773) 373-1300 40 units (1 & 2 bedroom apartments)

 

Additional Rental Help

Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
This federal program provides rental assistance for very low income people who find their own housing in private homes and apartment buildings. Please note that IHDA does not issue or accept applications for Housing Choice Vouchers.

Contact a public housing agency in your community to apply.

 

Federally Subsidized Apartments
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s affordable apartment search can help you find subsidized apartments in Illinois. To apply or to reserve your spot on a waitlist, please contact the developments directly.

Start your search for a subsidized apartment.

 

Other Tenant Resources
The following is a list of other tenant resources comprised of state agencies, emergency shelters and legal agencies that that may also be able to provide housing related services.

Other State Agencies

 Agency Address Phone Number
Illinois Aging Department 160 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-2630
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Department 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-6800
Illinois Department of Human Rights (Charges and Complaints) 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-6200
Illinois Department of Human Services (Office of Rehabilitation Services) 743 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60624 (773) 638-3070
State of Illinois 100 W. Randolph, 16-100, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-2121

Emergency Shelters

American Red Cross 2200 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 729-6100
Salvation Army 5040 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60630 (773) 725-1100
Shelter Hotline Not Available (800) 654-8595

Legal Assistance

Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing 33 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 347-7600
Chicago Bar Association Referral Service 321 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 554-2001
Legal Assistance Foundation  120 S LaSalle St #900, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 341-1070
Tenants’ Rights 1727 S Indiana Ave G3, Chicago, IL 60616 (773) 292-4980
The Chicago Rents Right Program Hotline Not Available (312) 742-7368

 

Emergency Housing Resources

Emergency Housing and Shelter Services
Emergency and transitional housing providers give immediate shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.

Contact an Emergency and Transitional Housing Provider.

 

Housing Counselors
Housing counselors are another option that can help you understand your options. Some counselors can help resolve landlord/tenant disputes, locate temporary housing or rental assistance, or find legal representation if necessary, while others provide homeownership services. The HUD website below lists the type of services provided by each agency.

Contact a HUD-approved counseling agency.