Do you need affordable housing?

We’re Here to Help!

Northern Illinois Regional Affordable Community Housing (NI ReACH), believes that having a safe, stable home is something everyone deserves.  We work with local, state, and federal organizations to provide homes and supportive services to the families and communities we serve.

NI ReACH administers programs for both Winnebago County Housing Authority and Boone County Housing Authority.

STEPHENSON County Section 8 online lottery Waitlist is closed.

The waitlist application window for Stephenson County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/Section 8) online lottery was open from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 2 – 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. Applications were accepted during this window, and 500 applicants will be randomly selected from all who applied. 

For more information, please call 815-963-2133.

Boone County Section 8 online lottery Waitlist is closed

The waitlist application window for Boone County Housing Choice Voucher (HCV/Section 8) online lottery was open from 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 – 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Applications were accepted during this window, and 750 applicants will be randomly selected from all who applied.

For more information, please call 815-963-2133.

Northern Illinois Regional Affordable Community Housing
Review Housing Options

Step 1

Review Housing Options

NI ReACH (Northern Illinois Regional Affordable Community Housing) has several housing options available, so finding one that fits your family’s needs is step one. Learn about each of our programs and their basic eligibility requirements.

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Step 2

Apply for Housing

We know that applying for housing can be stressful, but we are here to help. To start the process, complete our pre-application. After 10 business days, you’ll be assigned a wait list number to track your application.

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers of all members of your household
  • Income information
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Step 3

Check Your Status

Your number on the wait list is affected by your needs, the needs of others in the community, and the availability of housing. Once your application is processed, you’ll be able to log in to track your status on the wait list.

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Last Name
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
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Why is Affordable Housing Important?

A safe, stable home in a supportive community offers more than a place to live – it inspires hope and achievement. With affordable housing, families can thrive and focus on their futures. It reduces unimaginable stress, which improves physical and mental health. Through our housing and other support programs, residents achieve more in school and jobs, develop a sense of pride, and find a sense of belonging and community.

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Featured Communities

We maintain extremely high standards for our communities with the goal of redefining perceptions about affordable housing. Here are just a few!

About NIReACH

At Northern Illinois ReACH, we create vibrant neighborhoods, fight blight in our communities, and address the negative impacts of poverty. While we are known for our housing programs, we actively develop and participate in initiatives to support growth and learning toward self-sufficiency for our residents and others. We’ve earned a reputation for innovation and are often looked to as leaders in affordable housing.

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News and Events

The Boone County Housing Authority (BCHA) is issuing a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) from property owners to receive Project-Based Voucher (PBV) assistance of the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program utilizing existing housing. The housing must be located within Boone County, Illinois. BCHA’s goals for project basing VASH voucher assistance is to increase […]

The Winnebago Housing Authority (WCHA) (dba NI ReACH) is issuing a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) from experienced rental housing providers to receive Project-Based assistance for rehabilitation and/or new construction. The housing must be located within Winnebago and Stephenson County, Illinois. WCHA’s goals for project basing Housing Choice Voucher assistance are to increase and preserve […]

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Vision for NI ReACH MTW Program The flexibility provided by MTW will enable NI ReACH to implement strategies tailored to our local marketplace that will be cost-effective; will support and incentivize families in reaching their self-sufficiency goals or successfully aging-in-place; and will increase housing choice, particularly in neighborhoods of opportunity. 

NiReach, formerly known as Winnebago County Housing Authority, is proud to announce it has received a $14,482.00 grant for the Wellness and Telehealth Center for Collier Garden Apartments. The grant was awarded by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program. The purpose of the Wellness […]