How can I request assistance?

You will find the application to request assistance under the “Application to Request Help” tab on this website. * PLEASE NOTE * You must reside in one of our service areas to receive assistance. Your application must be filled out completely and in detail. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We will contact you once to give you an opportunity to complete your application in full.

Do I need documentation?

Yes. We will request documentation to support your case. Documentation must be submitted to Almost Home within 48 business hours to keep your application active. If documentation is not received within the specified time frame, we will then review the next application in line

I am living in my grandfather’s house and the bill is still in his name. Can I still apply?

All bills must be in the applicant’s name to be considered for assistance.

Will you pay my car payment?

Almost Home does not offer assistance with car payments, insurance, cable or satellite television, graduation fees, sporting fees, income taxes, or tuition. Almost Home reserves the right to make the final decision on any applicant’s request.

I need a place to live. Can you find me an apartment?

Almost Home does not locate or provide housing. If the applicant locates housing in one of the listed service areas, they may apply for assistance with a security deposit.

I just need a little cash to get me through the week.

Almost Home does not give cash assistance for any request. Assistance granted will be paid directly to the utility company, landlord etc. Emergency food, gas, and basic needs will be evaluated and provided on a case by case basis.

How much can I get?

Almost Home reserves the right to cap the amount of assistance given to any applicant in a calendar year. Assistance is limited to no more than $1500 in one calendar year.

When will I hear something?

Your application will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and you will be contacted within 48 business hours.

How do I know I am eligible to apply?

In accordance with Federal Law, Almost Home Chicago, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, gender, mental or physical handicap, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

Although we cannot guarantee approval of any application for assistance, all are welcome to apply, and all applications will be reviewed with care and diligence.