Resources for Rental Housing

Housing Action Illinois does not provide direct assistance to people looking for affordable housing, but we hope that the following websites and resources might be of use., developed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and other state agencies, provides detailed information about rental properties and helps people find housing to best fit their needs.

HUD Resource Locator is a map-based tool to connect with building managers, public housing authority representatives, and property management companies to inquire about housing availability and other housing-related questions.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—Rental Housing in Illinois: Subsidized Housing, Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and other information.

Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

City of Chicago-Affordable Rental Housing Resource List

The Chicago Housing Authority: Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing

USDA Housing Programs Illinois (rural areas only)

Map-based search for USDA affordable rental housing in rural areas

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL): A coalition of local Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that work with people who have disabilities. Click on the “Center Locations” link to find your local CIL.

Community Action Agencies don’t provide actual housing, but do provide a wealth of housing-related social services, such utility assistance, homelessness prevention and housing counseling. To find the Community Action Agency in your county visit the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies website and click on “Members.” provides lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents with information about their legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, multimedia training and education, and forms and instructions for representing themselves. They also run Legal Answers, a virtual walk-in clinic where you can get answers to your legal questions for free from volunteer attorneys.

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