The NWSHC is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency dedicated to improving housing through counseling, education, and advocacy.
If you are facing foreclosure or experiencing hardship that has made your monthly payments unaffordable, our housing counselors are ready to help you keep your home through free services.
Whether you're ready now or are new to the process, we can help you plan to purchase a home. Our one-on-one counseling and First-Time Homebuyer Classes will help you navigate the home buying process.
FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER CLASS
Our free First-Time Homebuyer Class is a two-part course exploring the home buying process, from building your credit to closing the deal. Can't make it in-person? Take an online class from our nonprofit partner, Housing and Education Alliance. The online class is $100, and upon completion we will contact you to receive a certificate.
FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER
Our FOC is a one-stop-shop to improve your financial well-being. Our team of financial coaches, income support advisors, and our workforce development partner, Cara Connects, will help you boost earnings & savings, reduce expenses, and find employment.
Create a budget, manage your debts, boost earnings and savings, and improve your credit.
Explore public benefits and resources such as light and gas assistance.
Our on-site partner, Cara Connects, will help you develop job skills, find employment, and retain employment.
Looking for a place to rent? Need help finding responsible tenants? We provide free rental counseling for renters and landlords regarding: budget and credit counseling, apartment search assistance, Landlord/Tenant disputes and educational workshops.
LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Meet with one of our LIHEAP counselors to learn how you can make heating and cooling your home more affordable and energy efficient. You may also qualify for energy cost discounts or monthly utility payments. LIHEAP is available to low-income, qualifying households in Cook County. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment needed.
WOMEN FORWARD CHICAGO
Women Forward Chicago is a Latina-centered financial education program designed to create a safe space to set goals and build financial confidence. With your busy schedule in mind, we are happy to offer a community-style workshop, with free daycare, nutritious meals, and access to community resources that will benefit you and your family. We also offer financial coaching to those who prefer one-on-one assistance.