Owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. Here are some resources that can help you buy, maintain and keep your home.
- Contact a housing counseling agency
- HUD sponsors housing counselors that can provide free or low-cost advice for wherever you are in the housing process.
- They can offer independent advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, forbearances, foreclosures, credit issues, reverse mortgages, and other issues.
- Search online for a HUD-approved housing counseling agency by zip code here or call HUD's interactive voice system at (800) 569-4287.
- Predatory lending - Beware of frauds and scams when buying, renting, refinancing, or foreclosing on a home. Don't become a victim of unfair lending practices.
Buying a Home
- Homeownership Assistance: Illinois - Resources, programs, and information to help you buy a home.
- HUD Homes for Sale - Search for a HUD home to purchase at the HUD HomeStore.
- Homes for Sale - Several federal agencies have properties to sell.
- Homeownership vouchers - Some public housing agencies can help you become a homeowner through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program. Contact your local public housing agency to find out if they are participating in the homeownership program.
Owning and Maintaining Your Home
It is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing, including against individuals seeking a mortgage or housing assistance, or in other housing-related activities. Learn more.
- If you believe your rights may have been violated or are a victim of housing discrimination, we encourage you to submit a complaint.
- Because there are time limits on when a complaint can be filed with HUD after an alleged violation, you should submit a complaint as soon as possible.
- You may file a complaint online, call us toll-free at (800) 669-9777 or (800) 877-8339 (TTY), or email ComplaintsOffice05@hud.gov.