Affordable Housing

 It is important for all families to have a safe place to call home.

YWCA Elgin Commitment Statement: The YWCA Elgin continues to advocate for affordable housing. In a world of uncertain economic times and limited resources, it is more vital than ever to help ensure that affordable and quality housing options are accessible to families and individuals with low to moderate income levels. 

Affordable Housing in Elgin, IL
~ The Housing Authority of Elgin, IL
The Housing Authority of Elgin, Illinois (HAE) is a public housing agency and its mission is to provide quality affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families, and to make public housing in Elgin a “housing of choice.”  

LOW INCOME PUBLIC HOUSING: The Housing Authority of Elgin manages Low Income Public Housing (LIPH) units. They come in bedroom sizes ranging from efficiency to 5-bedroom units. They are located in apartment buildings and townhome style, multi-family buildings. 

Individuals and households participating in the LIPH program earn 80% of area media income or less to qualify utilities. The LIPH program has waiting lists Applicants can add their names to the waiting list, depending on the eligible family needs. Eligibility requirements ...  Learn More

SECTION 8: The Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly referred to as Section 8) issues vouchers that pay a portion of the monthly rent for privately owned units. The Housing Authority of Elgin screens applicants and provides eligible households with a voucher (also referred to as subsidy).  

Vouchers may be used to lease a unit from any landlord in Elgin eligible to participate in the program. The households in this program must earn 30% of area median income or less to qualify... Learn More

FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY: The Housing Authority of Elgin administers two programs – the Family Self Sufficiency for Public Housing and Family Self Sufficiency for the Housing Choice Voucher program.  

These programs are designed to assist low-income residents to achieve self-sufficiency and quality of life goals.  

People residing in Low Income Public Housing or those receiving rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher program and who also meet... Learn More

Need Help With Your Utility Bills 
~ Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stress on a family’s budget.  In some instances, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help eligible low income households pay for winter energy service. Learn More


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Home Buying Programs in Illinois
~ US Depart of Housing & Urban Development 
Owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. Here are some resources that can help you buy, maintain, or keep a home.
Getting Started
Buying a House
Owning & Maintaining Your Home
Housing Resources for Seniors Government Made Easy 
Learn about reverse mortgages, look into eldercare at home, compare nursing homes, and more. Learn More
Homeless Assistance
~PADS of Elgin, IL 
Are you or someone you know homeless? PADS of Elgin provides safe shelter, support services and advocacy to homeless individuals in Dundee, Elgin and Hanover Townships. Learn More 

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