The NWSHC is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency dedicated to improving housing through education, empowerment 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? Click below to 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 (FOC)
Our FOC is a one-stop-shop to improve your financial wellbeing. Our team of financial coaches, income support advisors, and our workforce development partner, Cara Chicago, will help you boost earnings & savings, reduce expenses, and find employment.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
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.
Our Rental Program offers resources, budget assistance, credit counseling, and assistance in your search and application for affordable private and subsidized housing.
The NWSHC does not provide monetary assistance or maintain our own stock of housing.
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.