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Opens new browser window State of Illinois Homepage
Opens new browser window Illinois Recovery Website  - Information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Opens new browser window Illinois HomeTownLocator  - Profiles of nearly 5000 Illinois cities, towns and neighborhoods, including maps.

Selected State Agency Homepages:
Opens new browser window Illinois Housing Development Authority
Opens new browser window Illinois Department on Aging
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Human Services
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services  - Formerly known as Department of Public Aid, IDHFS administers healthcare coverage and child support enforcement.
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Children and Family Services  - Information about Child Protection, Foster Care, Adoption, Day Care licensing and other services provided by IDHFS.
Opens new browser window Illinois Finance Authority
Opens new browser window Illinois Human Rights Commission  - Information on the Illinois Human Rights Commission's mission to adjudicate complaints of civil rights violations in employment, real property transactions, access to financial credit and public accommodations.
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Human Rights  - Administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), familial status (with regard to real estate transactions), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable military discharge, and sexual orientation.
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs  - Search for local Veterans Affairs offices and Veterans Homes.
Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (Illinois Homepage)
Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Illinois Homepage)
Opens new browser window Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies  - Find local Community Action Agencies that offer assistance with nutrition, housing and homeownership, energy costs, weatherization and more.
Opens new browser window Contact information for Public Housing Authorities in Illinois.

Illinois - Chicago
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Homepage
Opens new browser window 311 City Services Online  - Information regarding City of Chicago programs and events as well as a wide range of City Services.
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Department of Community Development
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations  - Charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.
Opens new browser window Access Living  - Offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities in Chicago.

Disability Resources
Opens new browser window Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living  - Source of information about the accomplishments and needs of Illinois Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and about issues most critical to promote independent living for all persons with disabilities. Search for local CILs.
Opens new browser window Equip for Equality (Illinois Protection and Advocacy System)  - Source of self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education resources for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois.
Opens new browser window Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Opens new browser window Technical Assistance Collaborative  - Provides policy development, consultation, and technical assistance to help expand affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and other households with special needs.
Opens new browser window Technical Assistance Collaborative's Online Housing Publications  - Links to TAC publications including Section 8 Made Simple and a fact sheet on Live-In Aides and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Opens new browser window Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission  - Protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities.
Opens new browser window Illinois Attorney General - Disability Rights
Opens new browser window Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Opens new browser window National Alliance on Mental Illness (Illinois Chapter)  - Provide up to date education and support programs, and increase public awareness and understanding of mental illness.

Elderly Resources
Opens new browser window Illinois Area Agencies on Aging  - Information on the 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Illinois, which have the primary task of planning and coordinating services and programs for older people in their respective areas.
Opens new browser window Alzheimer's Association Senior Housing Finder
Opens new browser window Illinois Supportive Living Program  - Search for Supportive Living Facilities.
Opens new browser window Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program  - Protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long-term care facilities (nursing homes).

Energy/Utility Assistance
Opens new browser window Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies  - Find local Community Action Agencies that administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP).
Opens new browser window Illinois Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Fair Housing
Opens new browser window Lawyers Committee for Better Housing  - Promotes availability of and access to decent, safe and affordable housing and supports low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
Opens new browser window Illinois Human Rights Commission  - Information on the Illinois Human Rights Commission's mission to adjudicate complaints of civil rights violations in employment, real property transactions, access to financial credit and public accommodations.
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Human Rights  - Administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), familial status (with regard to real estate transactions), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable military discharge, and sexual orientation.
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations  - Charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.
Opens new browser window Fair Housing for Tenants with Disabilities: Understanding Reasonable Accommodations and Reasonable Modifications  - This guide provides useful information and case law around fair housing for persons with disabilities. The overview of federal laws and examples of reasonable accommodations and modifications, as well as the sample forms, are very useful.

Home Improvement/Modifications
Opens new browser window Home Modification and Assistive Technology Resources in Illinois
Opens new browser window Illinois Home Modification Program
Opens new browser window Illinois Community Development Assistance Program  - Includes Mobility and Accessibility Rehabilitation Supplement (MARS) grants to provide safe and accessible housing conditions for low-to-moderate income residents of owner occupied and rental units in their communities, local governments may request grant funds up to $100,000. These grant funds are used to rehabilitate and retrofit properties for occupancy by persons with physical impairments.

Homelessness and Permanent Supportive Housing
Opens new browser window Corporation for Supportive Housing - Illinois  - Resources on the development and operation of Permanent Supportive Housing.
Opens new browser window Illinois Division of Mental Health's Permanent Supportive Housing Site  - Information and documents regarding DMH's Permanent Supportive Housing policies and Bridge Rental Subsidy Program.
Opens new browser window Direct2Housing.org  - Contact information, application process and eligibility criteria for Supportive Housing options in Metro Chicago.
Opens new browser window Homeless Continuum of Care Consortia and Contacts in Illinois
Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Homeless Resources page
Opens new browser window Homeless Shelters in Illinois - Outside of Chicago
Opens new browser window City of Chicago Department of Family Support Services - Homeless Services  - Includes links to Chicago Plan to End Homelessness, the Housing First programs, and the Shelter System.

Homeownership Assistance and Counseling
Opens new browser window Homeownership Programs administered by Illinois Housing Development Authority  - Information on below-market mortgages, down payment and closing cost assistance and home repair programs.
Opens new browser window G-I Loan for Heroes  - Illinois Homeownership Program for Veterans and Active Service Personnel. The G-I Loan offers significantly below market homeownership financing and counseling.
Opens new browser window HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies in Illinois

Housing Search - Other Sites
Opens new browser window Illinois Housing Development Authority  - Search for housing financed by Illinois Housing Development Authority.
Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Subsidized Apartment Search
Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Rentals Search
Opens new browser window Direct2Housing.org  - Contact information, application process and eligibility criteria for Supportive Housing options in Metro Chicago.
Opens new browser window Alzheimer's Association Senior Housing Finder
Opens new browser window Illinois Supportive Living Program  - Search for Supportive Living Facilities.

Landlord and Tenant Rights & Responsibilities
Opens new browser window Illinois Attorney General - Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws
Opens new browser window Illinois Tenants Union  - Serves those who rent in apartment buildings, condos, or houses in the City of Chicago, Cook County, or elsewhere in the suburban metropolitan area.

Legal Services
Opens new browser window Lawyers Committee for Better Housing  - Promotes availability of and access to decent, safe and affordable housing and supports low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive social services and education.
Opens new browser window Illinois Legal Aid  - Find your local Legal Aid office that provides legal advice, information and referral services to low-income residents of Illinois.

Long Term Care
Opens new browser window Illinois Department of Public Health - Bureau of Long-term Care  - Search a listing of Illinois nursing homes and learn about regulation and how to select a nursing home.
Opens new browser window Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program  - Protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long-term care facilities (nursing homes).
Opens new browser window Illinois Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs  - Information on programs that provide services allowing individuals to remain in their own home or live in a community setting.

Rental Assistance
Opens new browser window Illinois Public Housing Authorities  - Contact information for Illinois PHAs, many of which administer Housing Choice Voucher (aka Section 8) programs.
Opens new browser window Illinois Rental Housing Support Program
Opens new browser window Illinois Division of Mental Health's Permanent Supportive Housing Site  - Information and documents regarding DMH's Bridge Rental Subsidy Program.

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