About Us

Our founder, Mary L. Jones, has more than 30 years of counseling and coaching experience, with a focus on community housing services and issues. Mrs. Jones’ previously worked as a licensed real estate broker and was a member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, Illinois Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®. She has since administered a homeless and rental emergency housing program for single mothers and fathers, providing temporary housing and related services to people in need.

Our Beginnings

In 2005, Mrs. Jones decided to create AGORA Community Services after coming face to face with eviction. She searched for ways to stop the process but had difficulty finding the resources she needed. When she found herself in a better financial position, she decided to create an organization that would help people facing similar situations. She stands next to every client and is committed to helping all of them find a solution.

Contact Us:

Professional Associations

• Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network
• The Monroe Foundation
• National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling (Adopter Since 2010)

Additional Resources

Illinois Housing Development Authority | Making Home Affordable | US Department of Housing & Urban Development 

Support Our Cause

Help us bring hope to more families in need. Your tax-deductible donation gives us the resources we need to keep our center open, employ effective staff members, and continue providing an invaluable resource to homeowners throughout Chicago.

Mission Statement

Provide FREE comprehensive housing counseling services that will help home buyers prepare for home ownership, homeowners avoid foreclosure, renters retain housing, and the homeless secure interim housing. Provide community educational seminars and workshops that support initiatives that are needed to help bring change to low-to-moderate income families and communities, leading to well-informed and empowered consumers for successful home ownership.

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