Housing Assistance

Housing Authority of Champaign County

205 W. Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820

Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday

Phone: 217-378-7100


Austin’s Place-Emergency Shelter for Single Women

First United Methodist

210 West Church Street

Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-356-9078

Provides overnight shelter for homeless single women in Champaign County from December 31st – March 31st only


The city of Urbana—Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families

400 South Vine Street

Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 328-8263

This program is by application only and available to homeless families with dependent children who have been residents of Champaign County for at least three months. Applications are available only when there are vacancies


Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

1776 East Washington  P.O. Box 17760

Urbana, IL 61803

(217) 328-3313

  • The Emergency Rent Assistance Program provides rent assistance to homeless or near-homeless households who have a steady income to pay future rent but are unable to pay first month’s rent or past-due rent. Contact Dawn Rear at (217) 384-1226 for more information or a program application.
  • The Community Action Program provides grants and loans for housing rehabilitation in rural areas of Champaign County, housing counseling to low-income households, and help for homeless or near homeless persons with first-month rental payments. The program may also help with past due rent.
  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides winter heating assistance (from Sept. 1st – May 31st), and assists with up to 150% of the Federal poverty guideline with payment towards gas and electric bills. Please call the RPC office in the Brookens building in Urbana to schedule appointments Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clients may also be seen at the Salvation Army and the Community Center in Rantoul.
  • The Tenant-Based Rent Assistance Program is a program that improves household self-sufficiency for low-income or homeless households over a two-year period. Preference is given to applicants living or working in the City of Champaign or who are near homeless and/or living with a relative or a friend. Household median income must be near or less than $27,400 for a single person or $39,100 for a family of four. Participants work with case managers to develop and implement goals that may include budget and credit management, completing educational classes, and improving employment. Contact Nicole Martin at (217) 328-3313 for more information on this program.


The Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union

44 E Main Street, Suite 208

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 352-6220

The Tenant Union provides free services including lease review, landlord complaint records, assistance locating housing, and help with landlord problems.


City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department

Kevin Jackson

102 North Neil Street

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 403-7070

E-mail: neighborhoodservices@ci.champaign.il.us

Develops and manages programs to address neighborhood needs, including rental and homeownership programs in the city, and has income restriction eligibility requirements.


Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network

This website provides helpful facts and information on how to cope with foreclosures. The site also includes a link that provides a comprehensive listing of HUD-approved counseling agencies throughout the state of Illinois.


Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

Mortgage assistance program for Illinois residents who are unemployed or underemployed but are working to regain sufficient income to keep their home.




This non-profit agency provides assistance with the following services: home equity conversion mortgage counseling, homebuyer education programs, loss mitigation, money debt management, mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling, post-purchase counseling, predatory lending, pre-purchase counseling, and renter’s assistance.


Office of Student Financial Aid

Phone: 217-333-0100

Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The local office can help with the process of applying for financial aid and answer any question you may have about taking out and repaying loans

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