Housing Assistance

Our Case Managers counsel individuals and families having difficulty with their current housing situation. We guide those searching for low-income or disability housing in north suburban Cook County. The Center of Concern staff works with clients to identify the resources necessary to make informed decisions.

The Center of Concern service area is primarily Maine Township and surrounding suburbs in north suburban Cook County, Illinois. Housing support services are provided free of charge and select services are provided with a suggested donation based on a sliding fee scale. Please contact us regarding service eligibility. Click here to read our privacy policy.

Need help? Click the button below or call us at 847-823-0453.

Homelessness Prevention

The Center of Concern Housing Program serves the community through its supportive services and access to effective community resources through established partnerships. Residents from North Suburban Cook County with inquiries concerning rental, security deposit, utilities, or financial assistance should call to be connected to resources for these services.

Senior Housing Counseling

Navigating through the world of senior housing choices can be difficult. Our dedicated staff presents seniors and their families with care options, counseling, referrals, and facility information. The senior’s needs, financial status, and healthcare issues can all impact the overall plan. Our goal is to provide options and the information needed to make the best choice.

Rapid Re-Housing

The Rapid Re-Housing Program helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness secure safe and affordable housing. Residents of North Suburban Cook County receive housing case management services to help them access resources to overcome hardships and secure leases in their own name. Our program helps individuals and families who are literally homeless with financial assistance to overcome barriers to finding housing on their own. Please note: Our program is currently closed, but we are accepting new applicants as availability becomes available. If you wish to inquire about the Rapid Re-Housing Program, please call us 847-823-0453

Eligibility:

  • Literally homeless. Click here for the HUD Definition of Chronic Homelessness.
  • Fleeing Domestic Violence, Fleeing/Attempting to Flee. (Definition: Any individual or family who is fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.)

Home Sharing

The Center of Concern connects seniors and responsible adults who have a room in their home to rent with individuals who seek affordable housing. Through our program, the Center of Concern staff matches individuals by application screening and interviewing applicants. Each setting is different and every Seeker/Provider have their own needs. Learn more on the Home Sharing webpage.

HUD Housing Counseling

The Center of Concern’s HUD Certified Housing Counselors can assist residents with the following services:

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Financial Management/Budget Counseling
  • Homeless Assistance Counseling
  • Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling
  • Rental Housing Counseling

Note: If you have an impairment, disability, language barrier, or otherwise require an alternative means of completing the online form or accessing information about housing counseling, please talk to your housing counselor about arranging alternative accommodations.

Housing Financial Assistance for Older Adults 60+

This program provides a one-time payment for:

  • Mortgage or rental payment
  • Security deposit; housing application fees
  • Past due bills (utility, telephone, property tax, income tax)
  • Moving assistance (transportation to locate or move to a new residence, moving van/truck rental)
  • Minor home modifications
  • Minor home repairs
  • Installation of ramp(s)
  • Installation of grab bar(s)
  • Installation or repair of furnace or A/C
  • Installation or repair of alarm system
  • Installation or repair of a doorbell or video doorbell

Eligibility:
Any person 60 year olds and up Must live in Barrington, Hanover, Palatine, or Wheeling township

Income maximum cannot exceed 2023 Federal Poverty Level (FPL):

  • Individual: $14,580 annual, $1,215 monthly
  • Family of 2: $19,720 annual, $1,643 monthly
  • Family of 3: $24,860 annual, $2,072 monthly
  • Family of 4: $30,000 annual, $2,500 monthly
  • Family of 5: $35,140 annual, $2,927 monthly
  • Family of 6: $40,280 annual, $3,357 monthly