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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Housing Assistance

The purpose of this program is to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time families and individuals stay in shelter, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.   

Homelessness Prevention and Rehousing Assistance

Eligible households experiencing a short-term economic crisis may receive assistance to avoid eviction and homelessness. Services can also assist homeless individuals or families in securing housing by providing short-term financial assistance and/or other supports. The services offered through this program may include: 

  • Rental assistance
  • Mortgage Assistance
  • Security Deposit Assistance
  • Supportive Services to help achieve stable permanent housing 

Some assistance is limited to target populations such as those residing in an emergency shelter.  Services may be dependent on grants received from various sources. 

Eligibility   

Households must be able to meet and document eligibility criteria to receive limited financial assistance with their rent or mortgage.  

All households:

  • Must be moving into or currently residing within DuPage County
  • Must be in danger of eviction with a 5 day notice or court notice, in danger of foreclosure, or be currently homeless
  • Must document ability to meet future rent and monthly expenses through current income or the development of a case management supported plan toward permanent housing
  • Must disclose any housing assistance received in the past 24 months
  • The landlord or mortgage company must agree to accept payment and stop current eviction/foreclosure proceedings upon receipt of signed rent assistance voucher grants

Depending on the funding to be used, households will be required to meet additional criteria such as listed below.

  • Document an unexpected recent drop in income, economic crisis, or extenuating circumstance
  • Have a current lease
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Reside in a unit which meets standards of habitability and cost
  • Attend financial & credit education 

Supportive Services

DuPage County Community Services offers the following to assist individuals and families to establish or stabilize their housing: 

  • Referrals to emergency shelter or transitional housing programs
  • Housing resources and subsidized housing information within DuPage County
  • Tenant/landlord rights information
  • Information on the educational rights of homeless students
  • Referrals for legal services
  • Referrals for financial & credit education programs
  • Short-term case management services

Housing Search Assistance 

Community Links- Housing search resources 

Shared Housing Program

The Shared Housing Program links compatible persons in housing that is safe and affordable by matching DuPage County residents who wish to share their homes with those who are seeking housing. Click to view the Shared Housing Brochure.

MATCHING PROCESS

  • All applicants must complete a comprehensive interview and provide personal references.
  • All adults must pass a background check.
  • Matches are based on individual preferences as well as financial ability to sustain housing.
  • All matches will be made with respect to each home sharer's right to a safe, healthy, and peaceful living environment.

HOME REQUIREMENTS

The home to be shared must: be located in DuPage County,  meet habitability standards, & comply with local ordinances.

SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE

  • When both parties decide to share, we offer guidance and assistance in developing a Shared Housing Agreement.
  • The program continues to provide support to both parties in their new living arrangements

 

For more information on Housing Assistance Programs contact DuPage County Community Services at 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412 or email housing@dupageco.org.