Village of Arlington Heights

Village Housing Programs


Housing Programs

Single-Family Rehab Program  |  Illinois Smart Move Program  | Multi-Family Housing  |   Federal Housing Programs

(Program starts May 27, 2014)

The Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (NWSHC) was created in 2011 by Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mt. Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows to address housing issues which impact all five communities.  Senior housing was identified as a priority of the Collaborative.  Realizing home maintenance is a concern for many seniors, the NWSHC has partnered with the North West Housing Partnership (NWHP) to create a Senior Handyman Program for residents aged 65 and older.  Residents from the five participating communities are eligible.  

Examples of eligible work:  grab bars, smoke alarms, soffit repair, toliet repair, door locks, clearing drains, ceiling fans, gutter cleaning, screen repair. Limited to 2 hours of service.  No emergency repairs.

Fees range in price from $10, $20, or $30 an hour depending on income.  There is no maximum income limit.  Homeowners are responsible for the cost of materials for the repairs.

For more information call the North West Housing Partnership at (847) 969-0561.

0% interest home rehabilitation loans for low- and moderate-income homeowners.

Applicant Eligibility
An applicant’s adjusted gross annual household income must be at or below 80% of the area median income, adjusted of household size. Incomes of all household members who are 18 years of age and older will be taken into account when determining the household income. The home must be within the corporate limits of the Village of Arlington Heights. The homeowner must have owned and lived in the home for at least 2 years prior to participation in the program. 

Eligible Repairs
Financing is provided for basic repairs and maintenance such as roof replacement, plumbing, electric, etc. Modifications to make homes safer and more accessible for senior and disabled residents are also eligible.

Terms of Financing
Loans are at 0% interest and there are no monthly payments. Eligible low-income homeowners may qualify for loans for 100% of the cost of construction. Moderate-income homeowners may qualify for loans for 70% of the cost of construction. A $100 Village administrative fee is charged for each loan and is included in the loan amount. Loans are repaid when the owner ceases to be the full-time owner-occupant of the home. Most commonly, this is when the home is eventually sold. The maximum loan amount is $25,000. The Village loan, combined with other loans secured by the property, may not exceed 85% of the appraised value of the property. Each loan is secured by an Estoppel Agreement (similar to a second mortgage) that is recorded against the title of the property. 

Income Guidelines - 2016

Household Size
at or below:
at or below:
1 $26,950 $43,050
2 $30,800 $49,200
3 $34,650 $55,350
4 $38,450 $61,500
5 $41,550 $66,450
6 $44,650 $71,350
7 $47,700 $76,300
8 $50,800 $81,200

Visit our Document Center to access an application form. For further information, e-mail or call the Department of Planning & Community Development at (847) 368-5200.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority has information for people who are currently behind on their mortgage payments or who anticipate problems with meeting future mortgage payments.  For more information go to  Also, free Foreclosure Avoidance Counseling is available from HUD approved housing counseling agencies.  To locate a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, go to

Multi-Family Policy and Developer Toolkits
As stated in the Village's Comprehensive Plan, "The quality of life in Arlington Heights is the community's greatest asset and it is reinforced by the quality of the housing and character of the Village's neighborhoods."

It is the goal of the Village of Arlington Heights to maintain a vibrant community and support its economic base by offering residents a variety of housing types that provdie desirable housing for single individuals, families, elderly persons, and members of our community who have special housing needs.  A diversity of housing options, that includes affordable homes, enables young adults who grew up in Arlington Heights to return to their hometown to live and to raise their own families.  A variety of housing options gives "empty-nesters" and senior citizens the ability to downsize without leaving the community.  Affordable housing opportunities also enable entry level and lower wage workers to locate near their places of employment in and around Arlington Heights.  Workforce housing supports the local enconomy by providing an available workforce.

Developers of new and substantially altered multi-family for-sale and rental residential developments are asked to explain how their project is responsive to the Village's affordable housing goals.  Developers are provided with guidelines and tools for including affordable housing units in their developments in the Village of Arlington Heights' Multi-Family Affordable Housing Toolkit for For-Sale Housing and Affordable Rental Housing Guidelines.

Rental Housing Locator
The State of Illinois has created a website to assist renters in finding affordable and accessible properties.  This on-line service is FREE.  Searches may be done by location, rent amount, eligibility requirements, and more.  Landlords may advertise properties for FREE and may provide detailed information and photographs for properties for rent.  Fore more information go to the Rental Housing Locator Brochure or to, or call 1-877-428-8844.

Timber Court Condominiums/Affordable Home Ownership Opportunity
Applications are now being taken for the purchase of the remaining available new construction, permanently affordable, 1-bedroom condominiums in Buildings 1 & 2 at Timber Court Condominiums (3400 and 3402 N. Old Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL).  Affordable units may only be purchased by households meeting the program income and asset guidelines.  For more information go to Timber Court Condominiums Information and the Timber Court Condominiums Application.               


Federal Subsidized Housing in the Village of Arlington Heights

Linden Place:  110 units for low income senior citizens and 80 units for low income families. For more information, call Linden Place at (847) 228-1212.
Goedke House:  118 units for low income senior citizens. For more information, call Goedke House at (847) 253-5450.
Cedar Village of Arlington Heights:  80 units for low income senior citizens. For more information, call Cedar Village of Arlington Heights at (847) 506-1010.

Federal Section 8 Program

The Federal Section 8 subsidized housing program is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of Cook.  There is a waiting list. Call (312) 663-5447.  For more information go to


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