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Housing Assistance

Emergency Fund

•  Through an established network of more than 40 partner agencies, the Emergency Fund distributes assistance on behalf of low-income Chicago residents facing emergency situations. At each agency, a volunteer Fund Manager disburses anywhere between $1000 and $2500 per month to eliminate these crises and help families get back on their feet.

Homeless Prevention Fund

•  Recognized as the leader in providing private homeless prevention dollars in the Chicago area, the Emergency Fund has been selected by the City of Chicago to house a special Chicago Homeless Prevention Fund as part of Mayor Richard M. Daley's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Illinois Law, Safe Homes Act

•  If you or any member of your household is a victim of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault, you can end your written or oral lease early, even when the abuser is a member of the household, as long as:

  • There is a credible imminent threat of future harm on the premises, AND
  • You give written notice to your landlord 3 days before or after you leave your apartment or house.
  • If you are a victim of Sexual Assault, you do not have to show imminent danger. However you must:
    * Provide written notice
    * Provide evidence (medical/court/police evidence OR statement from a victim service agency)

•  You can request a Lock Change from your landlord when you have a written lease and when the abuser is not a leaseholder

For more information please contact katewalz@povertylaw.org , (312) 263-3830 ext. 232

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