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Emergency Rental Assistance Available

Emergency rental assistance up to $25,000 for eligible residents and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is available through the Illinois Rental Payment Program.

Applications for landlords/housing providers are accepted May 17-June 7, 2021. Applications for renters are accepted Wednesday, June 9 - 28, 2021.

Grant Information:

  • Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance
  • The grant is paid to the housing provider in the form of a check

Tenant Requirements:

  • Must be Illinois residents and rent the home as a primary residence
  • Must meet income eligibility requirements
  • Must have experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic, for example:
    • Being laid off
    • Place of employment closed
    • A reduction in hours of work
    • A loss of spousal/child support
    • An inability to find work due to COVID-19
    • Staying home with children due to closure of daycare/school
    • Unable to work due to the workplace’s high risk of severe illness from COVID-19
    • At the risk of homelessness or housing instability

For more information, including how to apply, visit the Illinois Housing Development Authority website at If you have questions, email QUESTIONS.ILRPP@IHDA.ORG or call toll free at 866-454-3571.

Emergency Rental Assistance

updated May 21, 2021