Rent Assistance

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (DHS)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Homeless Prevention program provides low-income clients with rent and security deposit assistance to help a household maintain housing. To qualify for this program the client needs to be behind on their rent and the landlord has to have served them a written eviction notice. The client will also be required to have some type of income (employment, social security, TANF, unemployment, etc.) to qualify for assistance. Babysitting (or some other type of working) for cash will NOT be accepted as income. A client can only be assisted every two years through this program.

INCOME GUIDELINES FOR DHS PROGRAM

Household Size Previous 30-day Gross Income
1 $ 1,256
2 $ 1,691
3 $ 2,127
4 $ 2,562
5 $ 2,997
6 $ 3,433
7 $ 3,868
8 $ 4,304

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING:

A program designed to move homeless families from streets and shelters into temporary housing and to maximize self-sufficiency, this program is for families only and they must be homeless in order to recieve assistance. Homeless means living on the street, in an emergency shelter, or a place not meant for human habitation (cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned building, etc.) Occupancy is limited.

For more information regarding any of these programs, please call 217-243-9404 to speak with the coordinator or to schedule an appointment.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE DEPENDANT UPON AVAILABLE FUNDING, AND APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE TAKEN BASED ON CLIENT INCOME ELIGIBILITY AND ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.