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NI ReACH offices will be closed today, Thursday, February 16 at noon due to severe weather. The Winnebago County Housing Authority Board meeting scheduled for this evening is also cancelled.

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 […]

The Draft 2022 Agency Plan is presented for public review.  Comments must be received in writing at the Winnebago County Housing Authority, 3617 Delaware Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61102.  A Public Hearing to review and receive comments will be held at 5:30 pm on January 20, 2022 at the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners […]

April 13, 2021 NI ReACH will be holding a Public Hearing at 10:00 am on May 19th, 2021 on Zoom to discuss our proposed Moving to Work Plan, which will be transmitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in June 2021.  The proposed MTW plan focuses on incentivizing landlords to participate in […]

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 […]

Champion Park Homes represented NI ReACH’s first mixed-finance program for Winnebago County Housing Authority. Through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) sponsored by the Winnebago Homes Association (the organization’s nonprofit development arm), the $40 million deal tore down the 75 homes and rebuilt 104 new homes along with new roads, drainage, city water, street […]

The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $78 million to hundreds of public housing authorities across the country. Funds will help put HUD-assisted residents on the path to self-sufficiency. Among the recipients was Winnebago County Housing Authority (WCHA). NI ReACH manages the programs for WCHA, and will use the funds for the organization’s Family […]