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The Illinois Housing Development Authority‘s statewide emergency rental assistance program is open for landlords. Please visit the application site at:   

ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Housing providers/landlords may initiate a joint application starting Monday, May 17 through Monday, June 7.

• Tenants will have until Monday, June 14 to complete their portion of a landlord-initiated application.

• Tenants may initiate their own application starting Wednesday, June 9 through Monday, June 28.

• Landlords will have until Tuesday, July 6 to complete their portion of the tenant-initiated application.

Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance.

The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.

The maximum grant amount is $25,000.

The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive financial assistance through ILRPP, tenants must meet all of the following:

• Household is behind on their rent for at least 30 days
• Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence
• Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
• Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic, for example:

  • Being laid off
  • Place of employment has closed
  • Reduction in hours of work
  • Loss of spousal/child support
  • Inability to find work due to COVID-19
  • Having to stay home with children due to closure of day care/school
  • Unable to participate in previous employment due to the workplace’s high risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • At risk of homelessness or housing instability

Please visit the IHDA program webpage to learn more about the application process and to access FAQs, documentation requirements and to view “How to Apply” instructional videos.

The Illinois Housing Council recently hosted a webinar with IHDA and City of Chicago DOH representatives on their Emergency Rental Assistance Programs. Members may view a recording of the webinar by logging in here.



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