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New Site Finds Illinois Renters What They Need

January 10, 2011

Want to rent a home in Illinois? Or, are you a property owner looking for tenants to fill up your apartment building? A new web site can help Illinois residents with both.

ILHousingsearch.org is a free, bilingual site that offers property listings for rent across the state of Illinois.

The site, which allows renters to find homes with specific features, was created to simplify housing searches for Illinois families, especially residents on a tight budget and those with special needs.

Housing can be searched by:

No more driving around searching for rental signs. ILHousingsearch.org is here now.

*Rent range

*Accessibility features

*Location

*Number of bedrooms

*School district

*Allowance of pets

*Screening criteria

*Acceptance of vouchers

*Deposits and fees

*Proximity to public transportation

“In this economy, it’s more important than ever to help Illinois residents locate housing quickly,” said Gloria L. Materre, IHDA Executive Director. “Families will now have a variety of housing options at their fingertips.”

Managed by national nonprofit Socialserve.com, the site was created by the administration of Governor Pat Quinn along with four state agencies:

*Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)

*Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)

*Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)

*Illinois Department on Aging

Property owners and managers have already started using the site to search for new tenants to occupy the thousands of apartments currently listed.

“This housing locator will be a tremendous asset for Illinois residents,” said DHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. “The Illinois Department of Human Services is happy to be a partner in this collaboration to help residents on the path to self-sufficiency locate housing that’s right for their individual needs.

Check it out yourself at ILHousingsearch.org. Don’t have a computer? You can also get the same service through a toll-free, bilingual call center at (877) 428-8844.

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