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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Housing Supports and Self-Sufficiency


Housing Assistance

The purpose of this program is to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time families and individuals stay in shelter, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.   

Homelessness Prevention and Rehousing Assistance

Eligible households experiencing a short-term economic crisis may receive assistance to avoid eviction and homelessness. Services can also assist homeless individuals or families in securing housing by providing short-term financial assistance and/or other supports. The services offered through this program may include: 

  • Rental assistance
  • Mortgage Assistance
  • Security Deposit Assistance
  • Supportive Services to help achieve stable permanent housing 

Some assistance is limited to target populations such as those residing in an emergency shelter.  Services may be dependent on grants received from various sources. 


Households must be able to meet and document eligibility criteria to receive limited financial assistance with their rent or mortgage.  

All households:

  • Must be moving into or currently residing within DuPage County
  • Must be in danger of eviction with a 5 day notice or court notice, in danger of foreclosure, or be currently homeless
  • Must document ability to meet future rent and monthly expenses through current income or the development of a case management supported plan toward permanent housing
  • Must disclose any housing assistance received in the past 24 months
  • The landlord or mortgage company must agree to accept payment and stop current eviction/foreclosure proceedings upon receipt of signed rent assistance voucher grants

Depending on the funding to be used, households will be required to meet additional criteria such as listed below.

  • Document an unexpected recent drop in income, economic crisis, or extenuating circumstance
  • Have a current lease
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Reside in a unit which meets standards of habitability and cost
  • Attend financial & credit education 

Supportive Services

DuPage County Community Services offers the following to assist individuals and families to establish or stabilize their housing: 

  • Referrals to emergency shelter or transitional housing programs
  • Housing resources and subsidized housing information within DuPage County
  • Tenant/landlord rights information
  • Information on the educational rights of homeless students
  • Referrals for legal services
  • Referrals for financial & credit education programs
  • Short-term case management services

    Housing resources 

    For more information on Housing Assistance Programs contact DuPage County Community Services at 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412 or email


    The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful, "to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published, any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling, that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin..." with certain exceptions permitted for "housing for older persons."

    Furthermore the State of Illinois extends coverage to persons based on age, ancestry, marital status, and unfavorable military discharge.

    More information is available at the Fair Housing State of Illinois web site.

    If you have questions or feel you have been the victim of discrimination practices, please contact DuPage County Community Services at 1-800-942-9412, or email