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Housing – Resources and Links


Available Housing
  • @Home Chicago Southland Learn about the Chicago Southland region and find properties for sale. Many homes have been beautifully renovated and provide generous buyer incentives.
  • Direct2Housing – Direct2Housing is a tool that allows you to search for housing information on your own. Using the categories below, select the characteristics that match the person who is looking for housing. You may use the CTRL key to select more than one option in each category. Click “GO” and view your search results. You can click on each of the results to see contact information, eligibilty criteria, and application process for those programs.
  • HUD Apartment Search – This site allows you to search for all available HUD approved apartments across all fifty states
  • Illinois Housing Search – Welcome to ILHousingSearch.org where it’s FREE to list and search for properties. This is a new service, and properties are being added daily, so check back often. If you know of a property provider with housing to list, have them contact us!
  • South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority Available Properties
  • Zillow  This website contains a directory of available rental and for sale residential properties across the country. Mortgage information is also on the site.



College Sponsored Housing Information
  • DePaul University Institute of Housing Studies – The Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) is a multidisciplinary academic research center that provides data and analysis to inform housing-related policy and resource allocation decisions
  • John Marshall Law School: Fair Housing Legal Clinic – As part of its Fair Housing Legal Support Center, the law school operates the Fair Housing Legal Clinic, where students represent clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who have been denied housing because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, source of income or sexual orientation.
  • UIC Great Cities Institute“The mission of Great Cities Institute (GCI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is to support institutional engagement in urban research through the creation, dissemination, and application of interdisciplinary knowledge that will improve the quality of life in metropolitan Chicago and other urban areas. GCI aims to be a unique and responsive center of urban research that will help UIC achieve its larger goal of being the premier public urban research university.”
  • UIC Nathalie Vorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement – The Center’s community development and affordable housing-related projects generally involve data collection and analysis, community surveys, technical assistance, community impact studies, needs assessment and gap analysis, market studies, feasibility analysis, affordable housing plans, financial analysis, etc. Additionally, the Center maintains a subsidized housing database (IHARP) for Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Center primarily responds to requests for assistance by community organizations, local government agencies, and others and works in close collaboration with them.



County Information
  • Cook County – All services offered by Cook County are located on this site
  • The Circuit Court of Cook County Foreclosure Mediation Program -The Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program is an unprecedented partnership between the Circuit Court of Cook County and several state and local organizations who wish to assist Cook County homeowners who have mortgages in foreclosure. Ultimately, the mediation program is intended to help homeowners in foreclosure explore their options to either stay in their homes or negotiate a respectable exit.
  • The Housing Authority of Joliet  – The Housing Authority of Joliet is committed to promoting adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity and a suitable living environment FREE from discrimination.
  • Will County Governmental League – The league consists of 32 municipalities and the County of Will. The league takes on a variety of regional issues ranging from transportation, to housing, and economic development.



Federal Information
  • HUD – This cabinet level department of the United States is tasked with carrying out directives regarding housing and urban development across the nation.
  • HUD: Housing for People With Disabilities -This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.
  • HUD: Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity – The Chicago FHEO Center is located in Chicago Regional Office of FHEO, Region V; the Chicago Center is responsible for administering and enforcing the Department’s programs in Illinois in connection with equal opportunity and civil rights, which includes Title VIII (Fair Housing Act), Title VI, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and relevant Executive Orders. The FHEO Region V Director, Barbara M. Knox, has administrative and management responsibility over all FHEO centers and field offices in Region V.



Foreclosure Information



Intergovernmental Organizations
  • Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation – The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) is not a philanthropic or social group. The mission of the CSEDC is to identify, organize and mobilize public and private resources that will result in the creation and expansion of businesses, thereby providing economic growth, sustainable jobs and development in the Southland. The objectives implementing this mission are applied along recognized Corridors, as well as other regional areas of economic impact. Extending from the dynamic growth along the I-80 Corridor, to the Greenfield warehouse and intermodal centers along Illinois-394 and to the renewable energy centers along the Cal- Sag waterway, the Southland is a significant and strategic region for expanding economic growth. CSEDC, its members and its partners are poised to be the moving force responsible for “Strengthening the Southland.”
  • Diversity IncDiversity, Inc. is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organization. Organized in 1982 the organization has 20 member municipalities located in the region south of the City of Chicago, Illinois and included in southern Cook County, eastern Will County and Kankakee County:
  • Illinois Municipal League – The Illinois Municipal League was founded in 1914 and has worked continuously for the benefit of municipalities. The governing board is comprised of Mayors and Village Presidents.
  • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus – The Caucus has grown in size, strength, and accomplishment. 272 mayors now make up the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The Caucus has addressed major issues and has made a huge difference in the areas of economic development, affordable housing, and so much more. It is second to none as a model for what can be accomplished when achievement, agreement and working together for the common good are top priorities. We invite you to scan this site for insights into what has been done to date and ambitious plans for tomorrow…
  • RTA – The RTA is the third largest public transportation system in North America, providing more than two million rides a day.Our system covers 7,200 route miles in the six-county region that currently has a population of approximately eight million people.The combined assets of the RTA are valued at more than $36 billion and include 5,640 bus and rail cars plus 650 vanpool vehicles.
  • Will County Governmental League – The league consists of 32 municipalities and the County of Will. The league takes on a variety of regional issues ranging from transportation, to housing, and economic development.



Landlords and Tenants
  • Greater Chicago Housing and Community Development Website – The Greater Chicago Housing and Community Development Website is designed to guide and assist researchers and analysts, comunity-based organizations, government leaders, housing and planning professionals, landlords, developers, property managers, grantmaking organizations, financial institutions, homeowners, homebuyers and renters. The website will make available a wealth of data and information about the housing environment in Chicago and other communities throughout the region.
  • Illinois Attorney General: Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities – This document details the responsibilities involved in the tenant/landlord relationship
  • Illinois Tenants Union – Today, about 8,000 tenants a year call us for information about their rights or for assistance with problems with their landlords. It is true that lack of legal knowledge is a major problem. However, the ITU also found that merely advising tenants about their rights was not enough. In order for tenants to be confident of success in solving their problems, we found it also necessary for a tenants’ organization to actively assist them in exercising their rights.
  • Lawyers Committee on Better Housing – LCBH believes that all persons have a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis.We promote the availability of and access to such housing and support low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization – The mission of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization is to educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing.


Multifamily Housing Resource Guide

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Non-Profit Organizations
  • Action Now -Action Now’s mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice.
  • Business and Professional People For The Public Interest – BPI is a public interest law and policy center that focuses on compelling social and quality of life issues in the Chicagoland area.
  • Center for Community Progress  The Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in America’s communities. As a national leader on solutions for vacant, abandoned, and problem properties, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state, and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse
  • Community Investment Corporation – Community Investment Corporation, Chicagoland’s Leading Multifamily Rehab Lender, is a not-for-profit mortgage lender that provides financing to buy and rehab multifamily apartment buildings with five units or more in the six-county metropolitan Chicago area. CIC also offers Property Management Training to help owners and managers better market, manage, maintain and improve affordable rental property.
  • Community Shares of Illinois – Community Shares of Illinois represents a diverse group of charities with a common mission, to make our world a better place. Whatever your passion—women’s issues, protecting children, helping animals, preserving the environment, promoting health care or curbing poverty and disease—Community Shares members provide options for you to help make positive change in your own community.
  • Housing Action Illinois – Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois. Together we empower communities to thrive through three programs: OrganizingPolicy Advocacy, and Training and Technical Assistance.
  • Housing Action Illinois: Employer Assisted Housing – Employer-assisted housing describes any employer-sponsored housing benefit, which could include down payment assistance or rental assistance, home buyer education and counseling, low-interest mortgages, etc. REACH Illinois (Regional Employer Assisted Collaboration for Housing- Illinois) is a statewide incentive package for employers who help their employees find homes closer to work. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this program and how it can benefit your community and your bottom-line
  • Housing Illinois – Housing Illinois is a coalition of housing advocates, civic organizations and financial institutions using researchadvertising, media outreach, and organizing to raise public awareness and encourage civic and political leadership on behalf of affordable housing in communities throughout the Chicago metropolitan region and the state of Illinois
  • Housing Matters – HousingMatters.net mobilizes individuals who support quality, fair, accessible and affordable housing for people in Illinois and the organizations actively working toward such goals. The action alerts that you will receive will help you stay informed on the most critical housing issues facing our state and give you powerful tools to directly contact decision makers quickly and effectively.
  • Illinois Asset Building Group – The Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG) is a diverse statewide coalition invested in building the stability and strength of Illinois communities through increased asset ownership and asset protection.
  • Illinois Fair Housing Initiative – www.thehousingsite.org has been developed for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® under the guidance of the Partnership for HomeOwnership Foundation. Fair Housing laws protect the right of each home seeker to equal opportunity in the purchase, sale, rental, leasing, financing, insuring and advertising of housing. This site strives to provide a broad range of information on fair housing laws, as well as other housing information, to real estate professionals, lenders, renters, landlords, home-buyers, sellers, insurers, and appraisers to assure everyone plays by the same rules
  • Lawyers Committee on Better Housing – LCBH believes that all persons have a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis.We promote the availability of and access to such housing and support low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition  -To increase fair & equal access to credit, capital, and banking services/products because discrimination is illegal, unjust and detrimental to the economic growth of underserved communities in the United States and around the world.
  • Over the Rainbow Association – Over the Rainbow Association is an Illinois not-for-profit association dedicated to providing independent living solutions and employment opportunites for individuals with physical disabilities. It was formed in 1974 by a group of Chicago area parents of children with physical disabilities. Some of these children had cerebral palsy, others had muscular dystrophy or were born with spinal cord injuries. All of these children needed a wheelchair for mobility and required some level of assistance to dress and feed themselves.
  • Redfields to Greenfields – The goals of Redfields is to acquire financially distressed properties and convert them into public parks and land bank the parcels for future development.
  • Regional Home Ownership Prevention Initiative (now Regional Housing Partnership) – Regional HOPI is a network of organizations working collaboratively to address the foreclosure crisis in order to develop and implement more coordinated and robust regional responses. By engaging public, private and non-profit stakeholders, fostering collaboration across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries, and building capacity and galvanizing support across the region, Regional HOPI seeks to exert a collective, measurable impact on the foreclosure crisis in the Chicago metropolitan region.
  • Resources for Community Living – Resources for Community Living (RCL) began as a result of questions from parents of people with disabilities who wondered if shared housing could work for their sons/daughters. An Advisory Council consisting of professionals, parents and others interested in housing for people with disabilities was formed to investigate whether a need existed and if this need could be met using the shared housing concept.
  • South Suburban Housing Center – The South Suburban Housing Center is a regional fair housing advocacy organization serving the south suburbs since 1975.
  • Technical Assistance Collaborative -TAC is committed to supporting the efforts of public managers and purchasers to successfully plan and implement the design, financing, and management of public sector human services for low-income and vulnerable populations. TAC has provided technical assistance and consultation to over 150 county or other local public authorities and more than 35 state behavioral health, human services and/or Medicaid authorities.
  • Woodstock Institute – Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform.  Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include: applied research; policy development; coalition building; and technical assistance. Woodstock Institute has been a recognized economic justice leader and bridge-builder between communities and policymakers in this field since it was founded in 1973 near Woodstock, Illinois. Now based in Chicago, we work with community and philanthropic groups, financial institutions, and policymakers. Funded by foundation grants, consulting fees, and charitable donations, we conduct research on financial products and practices, promote effective state and federal policies, convene a coalition of community investment stakeholders working to improve access to credit, and help people use our work to understand the issues and develop and implement solutions.



Planning Organizations
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning – The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  By state and federal law, CMAP is responsible for developing GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan.  To be implemented starting in fall 2010, the plan will be based on a diverse, coordinated set of strategies to address projected population growth of more than 2 million new residents by 2040, which has significant implications for transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology -CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change.]
  • Delta Institute – Our Mission is to blaze the trail that will make this possible.  Our Vision is to achieve this transformation by the year 2020.  How? By creating innovative models, sharing our know-how and lessons learned, connecting people and technical resources with necessary funding, and acting as an independent, trustworthy guide to the Green Economy.
  • The Metropolitan Planning Council  – The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) connects the dots — between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region. As the region continues to grow and prosper, our mission is taking us beyond Illinois to work with partners and communities throughout the tri-state region.
  • Openlands Project – Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.One of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, Openlands has helped save, secure, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for prairies, wetlands, and greenway corridors, as well as parks, forest preserves, and urban gardens.
  • Urban Land Institute  – ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.founded in 1936, the Institute now has members in 95 countries worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. Members say ULI provides information they can trust and is a place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.


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