The NWSHC is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency dedicated to improving housing through education, empowerment and advocacy

Foreclosure Prevention

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. 

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Pre-Purchase Counseling

Whether you're ready now or are new to the process, we can help you plan to purchase a home. We offer one-on-one counseling and First-Time Homebuyer Classes to help you navigate the home-buying process.

First-Time Homebuyer Class

Our First-Time Homebuyer Class is a two-part course exploring the homebuying process, from building your credit to closing the deal. This program is valuable for individuals participating in down payment assistance programs, the neighborhood stabilization program and other home purchase programs. A certificate will be provided upon completion. 

They’re so helpful. They listen at you. They don’t judge you. They don’t make snap decisions, and they say we’re gonna work through this.
— Louise Evans, Foreclosure Prev

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.

Rental Counseling

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.