Outreach Program: Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance
At Lazarus House, our goal is to reach out into our community and help people before they become homeless, so they can stay in their homes and get back on their feet. For people who have previously been homeless, we help them re-integrate back into the community with independence and dignity.
We have access to limited grant funding that allows us to provide assistance with rent, mortgage and utilities. To receive help, funds must be available and individuals must qualify according to grant requirements. Within certain programs, case management services and life skill classes are offered.
We serve men, women and children who are connected to Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and western rural Kane County by address, employment, school, or immediate family member. Click here to see a map of our service area.
If you need help, please call us at 630.587.5872 or come to 308 Walnut Street, St. Charles, IL 60174 to apply for our Outreach Program.
Types of Assistance Available
The specific programs available at any point in time may vary based on federal, state or local funding but generally include:
- Emergency/one-time rent, mortgage or utility assistance
- Ongoing rent subsidies for very low/extremely low income households
- Permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless with a disabling condition
- Short- to medium-term rental assistance (income eligibility and length of assistance strictly defined)
Funding Sources & Qualifications
Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Rental Housing Support Program (RHSP)
This is an ongoing rent subsidy program for very low and extremely low income households (as defined by HUD). The program currently has a wait list of approximately two years.
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Homelessness Prevention Grant
This grant is designed to prevent homelessness. A household must have experienced a one-time crisis beyond their control, which can be documented, and which resulted in receiving a disconnect notice from a utility, a five-day notice from a landlord, or a late payment notice from a mortgage funder. (NOTE: The mortgage cannot be in foreclosure.)
To be considered for the grant, the household must be able to provide documentation that the problem has resolved itself and they are able to pay all bills on their own the following month.
This grant is only available when funds have been provided by the State of Illinois.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Permanent Supporting Housing
This grant is a lifeline to independence for people who have experienced chronic homelessness (roughly 12 months of homelessness over the past three years) and have a disabling condition which challenges them to ever achieve self-sufficiency.
Those who participate in the program benefit from ongoing rent subsidy and meet weekly with a Case Manager to assure their stability and success.
HUD Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
This grant offers short- to medium-term rent subsidies and case management for people who are currently homeless (as defined by HUD).
How to Apply for Assistance
The first step is to call Lazarus House at 630.587.5872, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 308 Walnut Street in St. Charles and ask to speak with an Outreach Program staff member.
We can help you determine which, if any, programs you might quality for and the type of assistance you might be eligible to receive. We can also provide referrals to other community resources if needed, as well as personal budgeting assistance for program recipients.
Typically, eligibility is determined by several factors, such as your household income level, the number of individuals in your household, stability of your income, age, disability and citizenship status.
You may be required to provide documentation to verify your identity, income and housing status (for example: birth certificates, tax returns, names and addresses of employers, landlords, banks, etc.).
Get Help from Lazarus House
Click on a link below to learn about the emergency housing and support Lazarus House provides for men, women and children who are connected to Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and western rural Kane County, Illinois.