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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local organizations are distributing federal rental assistance in their communities. The money can help landlords and renters who are struggling to keep up with rent and other bills. Many programs take applications from both landlords and renters. Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s tool to find the most up-to-date information on local rental assistance programs.

Learn more about the State of Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago COVID-19 rental assistance programs, including eligibility requirements and documents you will need to apply.

Program Program Status Communities Served Program Information
IDHS Illinois Housing Help Open State of Illinois Apply for emergency rental and utility assistance by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency in your area.
Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) Closed State of Illinois Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency.

Check the status of your application. For questions or additional assistance, contact a Housing Stability Service Provider, or contact IHDA’s ILRPP call center at (866) 454-3571 or email questions.ilrpp@ihda.org. FAQs are available online.
Rental Assistance Program (RAP) Open Chicago Apply online. Assistance to Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless. To apply in person or receive application assistance call or visit a City of Chicago Community Service Centers.
Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Closed Chicago Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency or contact Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt at (855) 956-5763.

Check on application status here. If you have questions about Chicago ERAP application call (312) 698-0202.
Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Closed Suburban Cook County (not Chicago) Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency or contact Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt at (855) 956-5763.

If you have questions about Cook County ERAP application call (833) 221-9821.
Champaign County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) Closed Champaign County Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency.

If you have questions, contact the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission at (217) 328-3313.
Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (FERA) Closed Lake County Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency.

For questions or help with your application, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 899211. FAQs are available online.
Madison County Rent & Mortgage Assistance Open Madison County Apply with application submitted via a secure link. To request a link, or for more information, contact rental@co.madison.il.us or 618-296-4396.

For questions regarding a Utility Application contact utilities@co.madison.il.us.
McHenry County Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance Program Closed McHenry County Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency.

If you have questions, call (815) 338-7752 or email brosenquist@mchenrycountyhousing.org.
Winnebago County Rental Help (WCERA) Closed Winnebago County Program is currently closed. Apply for Illinois Housing Help by contacting an IDHS Provider Agency.

If you already applied and have questions, go to the website, or call (815) 972-7368 or email contact@renthelp.wincoil.us.


Other Rental Assistance Programs

  • Community Action Agencies - Community Action Agencies across the State provide a variety of services, including but not limited to, Rental/Mortgage Assistance, Food, Energy Utility Bill Assistance, Water/Sewer Payment, Employment Training/Placement, Financial Management, and Temporary Shelter.
  • Help Illinois Families - Programs for eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services - Call “Help is Here” at 1-833-2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343) and be connected to the Homeless Prevention Program, which provides rental/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless. You can also be connected with food, medical, shelter, recovery, and other resources.
  • 211 - Call 2-1-1 to be connected to local health and human service assistance.


Local tenant rights, laws and protections - Find information about landlord-tenant issues, your rights and responsibilities, and resources across Illinois, including eviction prevention programs such as:


HUD-assisted and affordable apartments
HUD helps apartment owners offer reduced rents to low-income tenants. To apply, contact or visit the management office of each apartment building that interests you.


Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
To apply for either type of help, visit your local Public Housing Agency (PHA).

Some PHAs have long waiting lists, so you may want to apply at more than one PHA. Your PHA can also give you a list of locations at which your voucher can be used.


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Other Illinois Resources

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, or email ComplaintsOffice05@hud.gov.