Applications available for rental assistance program

By on May 14, 2009

Very low-income households in Kane County needing a place to live and help with their rent are encouraged to apply for a county-wide rental assistance program.

Lazarus House Associate Director and Outreach Manager Liz Eakins said Lazarus House, in partnership with other Kane County agencies, jointly administers the Rental Housing Support Program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Through the program, households receive a monthly rental subsidy.

“Currently there are 22 rental units-nine in Aurora, four in St. Charles and nine in Elgin-in the program. If a rental unit is not immediately available, qualified applicants may be placed on a wait list,” Eakins said. “New grants are being awarded, and it is possible more units will become available. Anyone with low, but steady income is encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible.”

Applications are being taken at the following locations. People wishing to apply for a unit are encouraged to contact the agency in their area:

• Northern Kane County (Elgin): The Association for Individual Development (AID), 1135 Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL 60123 Phone: (847) 931-6283.
• Central Kane County (St. Charles): Lazarus House, 308 Walnut St., St. Charles, IL 60174, Phone: (630) 587-5872.
• Southern Kane County (Aurora): The Association for Individual Development (AID), 1230 N. Highland Ave, Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: (630) 966-4449; or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc. (Hesed House), 659 South River St., Aurora, IL 60506, Phone: (630) 897-2165.

To qualify, households must fall within extremely or severely low income limits as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These annual income limits range from $15,840 for a household of one person to $29,850 for a household of eight. Households must have a stable income to pay a portion of the rent, satisfactorily complete the application process and abide by lease rules and riders. Other conditions apply. More detail are in the brochure, “Rental Support Program for Kane County,” posted on the following websites:, and