Housing Stability Services Referral

Get connected to the housing services you need

Kankakee County Resources

As part of our mission to promote and foster stable, long-term diverse communities in our service area, South Suburban Housing Center has created this page for renters and homeowners to find the resources they need to maintain housing.

Please note that South Suburban Housing Center is a partner agency for the Illinois Rental and Mortgage Assistance Programs. We will not be able to answer questions specific to the other programs listed.

Select from the following options to view available resources in Kankakee County, Illinois:

Have you been served with eviction court papers?

If you are unsure or want to learn about the eviction process, visit:
Eviction Help Illinois.

Prevent Foreclosure with SSHC Housing Counseling Services

Mortgage Assistance

Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund
(ILHAF) Program


The portal is now back open!

If you have submitted an application, visit the ILHAF portal to log in and check your status.

The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) program will assist Illinois homeowners who have struggled to pay their mortgages due to COVID-19. Starting November 1, the state will begin accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $60,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage, property tax payments, and more. Visit IllinoisHousingHelp.org/ILHAF for more information, resources, FAQ, and the link to the application portal

Rental Assistance

Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)


If you submitted an application, log in to check the status:
ILRPP2 Portal – If you applied between Dec. 6 & Jan. 22

ILRPP Status Term Guide:

  • Submitted Waiting for Match: The application is waiting to be matched with the corresponding application for review. 
  • Ready for Review: The application is complete and ready for review.
  • In Review: The application is currently being reviewed. 
  • Needs More Info: More information is needed. Please use the ADD DOCUMENT button to upload the requested documents. 
  • Ready for Supervisor Review: the application has been flagged for further review.
  • In Final Review: The application is under final review.
  • In QC: The application was selected for special review.
  • Approved: The application was approved for funding.
  • Rejected: The application is ineligible for funding.
  • App Under Review – 1: The application has been flagged for further review.
  • App Under Review – 2: The application has been flagged for possibly being a duplicate.
  • Duplicate Application: The application has been found to be a duplicate.

Court-based rental assistance

IHDA Illinois Court-Based
Rental Assistance Program (CBRAP)

This rental assistance program requires that applicants:

  • You are in a court-eviction proceeding and can provide eviction court documentation.
  • You have experienced financial hardship directly – or indirectly – due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You are behind on rent and/or at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Your current household income must be below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
  • Proof of citizenship is not required.


Helpful Links:
Eligibility, Required Documents, & How to Apply – English
Eligibility, Required Documents, & How to Apply – Spanish
Understanding the Eviction Process – English
Understanding the Eviction Process – Spanish
How to Get Legal Help – English
How to Get Legal Help – English


Prairie State Legal Services


(815) 935-2750 or (800) 346-2864
Kankakee Office serving Kankakee and Iroquois Counties

Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. There are 11 office locations serving 36 counties in northern Illinois.

Utility Assistance

Kankakee County Community Services Inc.

Click here for utility assistance information
Click here for home weatherization application

The Kankakee County Community Services Inc. works in collaboration with funders and local organizations to offer opportunities to educate, empower and build self-reliance. Visit the website to find information on the following:
Employment Support (supplies, daycare, and transportation)
Gas, Propane, and/or Electric
Emergency Furnace
Home Weatherization
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
Rental or Mortgage Assistance
Food Pantry

Food Banks

Northern Illinois Food Bank


The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a network of food pantries and programs working to end hunger. If your household needs food, use the website’s search tool to find food banks near you including hours and contact information.

Disability Resources

Options Center for Independent Living


(815) 936-0100
(815) 936-0132 (TTY)

Options Center for Independent Living provides information and referral, peer support and mentoring, independent living skills, transition services, equipment loan, personal assistant programs, and more.

Cornerstone Services


(815) 727-6667— Behavioral Health Services
(815) 741-7033— Residential Services
(815) 727.6665— Employment Services

Cornerstone Services helps people find and keep jobs, maintain stable housing, and learn to access public transportation and community resources. Group and individual counseling and therapy for mental health needs are also provided by Cornerstone professionals.

The Arc of Illinois


The Arc of Ilinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state

Illinois Disability Resource Organization

Hosted by the Illinois State Library


If you or someone in your care is a person with disabilities, you can find resources on this page hosted by the Illinois State Library. The website provides links to Illinois Secretary of State forms and publications including information on the state’s parking program for persons with disabilities, services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and more.

Disability Works


Disability Works is an Illinois resource for employment, benefits, and connections to other agencies.