Information to help you take the next step in your homeownership journey.


How do I develop a safe basement unit?

This manual provides you with the tools to better understand the planning, costs, and risks associated with legally building out or converting your basement into a rentable unit.

Need legal help?

Cook County Legal Aid can help you resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues.

Preparing for an appraisal?

Here’s your comprehensive guide to understanding the entire process and how to take action against low valuations.

Need utility assistance?

Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) provides utility bill and home weatherization assistance.


Homebuyer counseling

Get free, personalizing counseling and coaching as you begin your homebuying journey.

Down payment grants

Neighborhood Lending Services offers up to $20,000 in down payment assistance.

How much house can I afford?

Our mortgage calculators will help you plan as you enter the market.


What are my tenant rights?

Be sure you know what’s expected of you and what you can expect in return. There are laws that spell out your rights and responsibilities.

Looking for housing?

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) offers opportunities for rental voucher housing, resources, and the innovative “choose to own” program that helps qualifed voucher holder become homeowners.

Small Landlord

Need Property Management Training?

Our Partner Community Investment Corporation (CIC) helps current and aspiring owner-operators grow and strenthen their business.

Looking for a lease template?

Domu’s free Chicago apartment lease form will help you simplify the leasing process.

Having problems with a tenant or with your landlord?

The Center for Conflict Resolution offers impartial mediators to help find a solution that works for both parties.

Business Owners

Need a small business loan or coach?

Our partner Allies for Community Business provides capital, coaching and connections for entrepreneurs.

Starting a small business?

The City of Chicago Small Business Center offers resources and information on licenses, permitting, public way use, and other resources.

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