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.

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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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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Family Support Group

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Program (COAR) is inviting you to participate in a free Family Support Group. This group will allow loved ones of those struggling with addiction to find a safe place of their own to discuss the common struggles of loving someone with an addiction.

Their Support Group will cover these topics:
 Learning about the disease of addiction
 How addiction can affect the family unit
 The addiction recovery process
 How to find support for yourself and your loved one
 Setting healthy boundaries
 Communication and building trust

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-6pm
Where: CrownPoint 1225 E. 2nd St. (Corner of 2nd and Belvidere
Rd.). Enter in Door B.
For any questions, please contact one of their team members:
Jessica Perillo 815-708-4123 jperillo@boonehealth.org
Allie Carlstrom 815-708-4950 acarlstrom@boonehealth.org

Family Support Group

The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Program (COAR) is inviting you to participate in a free Family Support Group. This group will allow loved ones of those struggling with addiction to find a safe place of their own to discuss the common struggles of loving someone with an addiction.

Their Support Group will cover these topics:
 Learning about the disease of addiction
 How addiction can affect the family unit
 The addiction recovery process
 How to find support for yourself and your loved one
 Setting healthy boundaries
 Communication and building trust

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-6pm
Where: CrownPoint 1225 E. 2nd St. (Corner of 2nd and Belvidere
Rd.). Enter in Door B.
For any questions, please contact one of their team members:
Jessica Perillo 815-708-4123 jperillo@boonehealth.org
Allie Carlstrom 815-708-4950 acarlstrom@boonehealth.org
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Thank you, REACH team members Christina and Lorrine, for running the booth for the Back To School giveaway program!

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Are you:  18 - 24 years old, had involvement with the criminal justice system, and youre a Rockford resident?
Are you:  Looking for paid work experience, building your resume, and no cost training?
Goodwill is launching the Young Adult LifeLaunch 2.0 Reentry Program!  To learn more and to sign up, call or text them today at (815) 621-7765.

Are you: 18 - 24 years old, had involvement with the criminal justice system, and you're a Rockford resident?
Are you: Looking for paid work experience, building your resume, and no cost training?
Goodwill is launching the Young Adult LifeLaunch 2.0 Reentry Program! To learn more and to sign up, call or text them today at (815) 621-7765.
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In June, 2021, NI ReACH will apply for Moving to Work (MTW) designation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  MTW designation permits the organization to test innovative solutions for improving housing programs and services.  NI ReACH has put together a plan which describes our proposal to participate in MTW Cohort #4, which […]

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