Rental assistance available in Kane County

KANE COUNTY—Low-income households in Kane County who are struggling to pay their rent are encouraged to check with area non-profits to see if they qualify for rental assistance.

A limited number of subsidized apartments are available through a program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Association for Individual Development, Lazarus House and Aurora Public Action to Deliver Shelter (Hesed) are all accepting applications. If a rental unit is not immediately available for qualifying households, their name may be placed on a wait list.

To qualify for the program, households must fall within extremely or severely low income limits as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These annual income limits range from $15,840 for a household of 1 person to $29,850 for a household of 8. Households must have a stable income to pay a portion of the rent, satisfactorily complete the application process and abide by lease rules and riders. Other conditions apply. More details may be found in the brochure, “Rental Support Program for Kane County,” posted online at www.lazarushouseonline.com, www.hesedhouse.org, and www.the-association.org.

People wishing to apply for a unit are encouraged to contact the agency in their area for an application. Contact numbers are:

• Northern Kane County: Association for Individual Development, (847) 931-6283
• Central Kane County: Lazarus House, (630) 587-5872;
• Southern Kane County: Association for Individual Development, (847) 931-6283 or Public Action to Deliver Shelter (Hesed House), (630) 897-2165, ext 259

“This program began about a year ago. At this time, 15 households are receiving monthly subsidies, and there’s room for another 26 households countywide. This program has made a world of difference to those participating. It has allowed them to have independent housing at a time when they had few other options,” said Liz Eakins, manager of the outreach program at Lazarus House. “We look forward to helping more people who live on the edge, and we are grateful to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for making this program possible.”