Substandard housing or inadequately maintained buildings are susceptible to indoor health hazards, including pests and mold, and can lead to health conditions such as asthma or lead poisoning. Tenants are entitled to a housing unit that meets an acceptable level of health and safety and can request reasonable accommodations or reasonable modifications to fulfill these standards or be released from their lease under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Tags: Housing|Housing Hazards|Tenants Rights
Last updated August 14, 2017
Public Benefits Eligibility Calculator
mRelief offers an easy to use online eligibility calculator to assess whether you qualify for 13 different public benefit programs available to both City of Chicago and Illinois residents.
Topics: Medicaid, Medicare, Housing, Child Care, Emergency Cash Assistance, Food Security
Tags: Medicaid|Medical Insurance for Children|Public Benefits|SNAP|TANF
Last updated September 16, 2016
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program/Utilities Assistance
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. LIHEAP provides assistance in managing costs associated with home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related minor home repairs. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
Tags: Energy Assistance|LIHEAP|Utilities
Last updated July 26, 2018
Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 Housing Authorities (HAs).
Tags: Homelessness Prevention|Public Housing|Section 8
Last updated May 21, 2019
Health and Housing
Substandard housing or inadequately maintained buildings are breeding grounds for indoor health hazards, including pests and mold, which can lead to health conditions such as asthma or lead poisoning. Tenants are entitled to a housing unit that meets an acceptable level of health and safety and can request reasonable accommodations or reasonable modifications to fulfill these standards or be released from their lease under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Tags: Bed Bugs|Housing|Lead Paint|Mold
Last updated May 22, 2018
Housing Choice Vouchers (Form of Section 8)
The Housing Choice Voucher program (a form of Section 8) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.
Tags: Homelessness Prevention|Housing|Section 8
Last updated September 28, 2015
Homelessness Prevention Resources
Many resources are available to help families and individuals with financial assistance for their security deposit and first month’s rent. There are other useful resources for information or referrals to programs that may provide direct assistance.
Topics: Housing, Emergency Cash Assistance
Tags: Homelessness Prevention|Section 8
Last updated May 22, 2018