Class of Housing/Services: Housing Authority, Low Income Affordable Housing, Public Housing
Emergency Homeless Shelter, Past-due Rent Assistance, Security Deposit/1st Months Rent Assistance: These programs provide a variety of services to low income households. Although they are state and federally funded, all programs have been locally designed to meet the needs of the people in our community. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Homeless Prevention and Rapid-Rehousing Program (HPRP) grant provide funding for programs for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. These grants may provide assistance toward security deposit, first month's rent or past-due rent. The CSBG also funds a program that may provide short term emergency shelter to McHenry County residents who are homeless. Please note that there are eligibility and documentation requirements for all programs. When funding is available, McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) may offer short-term emergency shelter to McHenry County residents who became homeless due to a recent economic crisis that was beyond the household’s control. Those who are chronically homeless, or who became homeless due to criminal activity, controllable behavior issues such as fighting or arguing, noncompliance with rules or from being chronically unemployed when able to work full-time, are not eligible for shelter from MCHA. MCHA does not offer shelter due to seasonal shelter closings unless the applicant had to use the seasonal shelter due to a recent economic crisis that was beyond the applicant’s control. MCHA shelter is only offered when no other appropriate shelter options are available. Applicants must be income eligible, meet the 90-day residency requirement and other program guidelines, and have all of the required documentation listed below. MCHA’s emergency shelter is given in one-week increments. All who are given shelter will also be given goals to achieve in order to receive additional weeks of shelter, and they must be willing and able to meet this case management requirement. Goals are designed to alleviate or eliminate the reasons for the homelessness. The goals must be achieved before additional weeks of shelter are given. Those who do not achieve their goals will be denied additional weeks of shelter.
Other Services Provided: - MCHA administers the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program that provides rental assistance for very low income tenants - MCHA provides Public Housing in scattered site three-bedroom homes throughout McHenry County for very low income families - MCHA provides Senior Housing for low income senior citizens and disabled individuals in two rental developments located in Huntley and Richmond - MCHA administers a Homeless Prevention Program, Emergency Shelter Program & other community services. - MCHA administers a Rehab Program that assists very low income homeowners to repair their homes - MCHA administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists low income households to afford the costs of heating and cooling their homes - MCHA administers the Weatherization Program that assists low income households to make repairs to their homes that will reduce the costs of heating and cooling the homes Hours of operation 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Wednesday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Friday
Helpful Definitions For Mchenry County Housing Authority Woodstock:
Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.
Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency. The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment.
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