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Locate low cost housing or apartment information. Emergency housing and shelter information is also included.



Margaret’s Village provides transitional housing for homeless women, children and families, and offers experiences that empower, support and transform women and the broader community so they can achieve their highest potential.

Maria Shelter

Maria Shelter is a 50-bed interim shelter in the Englewood community for primarily for homeless women and their children. Each year, the facility provides food, shelter and programs to promote health and wellness and self-sufficiency for more than 200 women and children.

Believe Shelter

As a result of IWT’s exemplary operation of Maria Shelter, in July 2012 our organization was asked by the City of Chicago to assume operation of a second shelter located in South Chicago. Named Believe, this 50-bed program expanded the agency’s services to include families headed by fathers and intact families due to the emergence of this as a major need since the economic downturn. Each year, Believe serves more than 200 women, children and men



La Posada Interim Housing for Families Experiencing Homelessness


La Posada’s main goal is to restore families who are experiencing homelessness to stable and permanent living situations by providing interim housing for up to 120 days. In addition to housing, La Posada provides case management and support services to identify each family's strengths and needs, working to address the root causes of homelessness and preventing recurrence.


Upon initial contact, families referred to La Posada must meet certain eligibility criteria prior to entrance into the program:

  • Must provide verification of homelessness

  • Must meet Income Poverty Guidelines

  • Applicant must be an adult over the age of 18 with minor children

At La Posada, once a family is determined to be eligible and has entered the program, they work with a Family Support Case Manager. As a family-centered program, La Posada provides services that are designed to identify the unique needs of each individual family through a service plan. Case managers advocate on behalf of the participants as needs are identified in order to help them become self-sufficient and assist families as they apply for benefits acquisition and other necessary services. During their temporary stay at La Posada, each participant has access to on-site supportive services that include food, clothing from donations, transportation vouchers, babysitting, pre-vocational training/job readiness, ESL, and financial literacy.

To learn more, call La Posada’s main line at 773.782.8820.

CEDA: Housing Services

CEDA’s Housing Counseling Program delivers comprehensive counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, very-low to moderate income renters and the homeless in Cook County, Illinois. The CEDA Housing Department is a counseling program designed to educate, inform, assess, listen, and find creative ways to empower families and individuals in acquiring and maintaining affordable housing. Shelter services include homeless male veterans and families transitioning from homelessness to transitional housing located in Chicago Heights, IL and western suburban Cook County.

Emergency Response Shelter

Emergency Response Shelters are overnight shelters that provide an initial assessment of clients, information and referrals. Most shelters for single adults close during the day but family shelters remain open 24 hours. The City of Chicago has the ability to add emergency shelter beds should the need arise, including during times of emergencies or extreme weather.  Immediate shelter placement and transportation can be provided to residents in need by calling 311 or view the complete list here.


Transitional/Interim Shelters

Transitional Shelters operate 24 hours and provide support services and case management for families and single adults. Clients stay up to 120 days at which time they may move into permanent supportive housing.   For more information on Transition/Interim shelter programs, call 3-1-1 or view the complete list here.


Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing is a program that helps eligible residents find a permanent home and the supportive services they need to maintain their independence.  To secure housing, individuals must meet the requirements of the housing program. For more information on Permanent Supportive Housing, call 3-1-1.


Listings of Housing Locations in Illinois

Choose the city in Illinois where you want to find shelters, halfway houses, affordable housing, supportive housing, low cost housing, etc. The database consists of over 3,000 listings and includes emergency shelters, homeless shelters, day shelters, transitional housing, residential drug/alcohol, rehabilitation programs and permanent affordable housing.


Directory of Shelters in and around Chicago, Illinois


Directory of Homeless Shelters and Supportive Housing in and around Chicago, Illinois


Directory of Shelters outside of Chicago, Illinois - Suburban Illinois shelters - The fast, easy-to-use FREE search lets people look for rental housing. Provides detailed information and links to housing resources, helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renter rights and responsibilities.

Department of Human Services


Emergency & Transitional Housing Program gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless. View the complete list here


Homeless Prevention - stabilizes individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.


Homeless Youth Services provides a place to live and job services for youth who are 14 to 20 years of age that meet specific criteria.


In-Home Supports - provides services and supports that will help people with developmental disabilities live more independently in their home.


Residential Living Arrangements - provides people with developmental disabilities the care and services needed in homes with staff available 24 hours per day.


Supportive Housing - provides supportive services coupled with housing to enable formerly homeless individuals and families, or those in danger of becoming homeless, who live in private housing to maintain their residence in the community.

CHA HousingThe Chicago Housing Authority is the third largest public housing agency in the nation. CHA serves more than 20,000 low-income households, by providing safe, decent and affordable housing in healthy, vibrant communities. Public housing provides homes for families, the elderly and those with disabilities from scattered single family houses to apartments for elderly families. The CHA is 88 percent complete in a comprehensive, historic overhaul of 25,000 public housing units, providing residents a firm foundation on their road to self-sufficiency.

Illinois Low Income Housing: Find low income apartments in Illinois along with non profit organizations that help with low income housing along with HUD apartments, public housing apartments, public housing authorities, and housing assistance agencies. 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.


Subsidized Housing

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • Public Housing Program

  • Project Based Subsidized Housing

  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)






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