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COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

  • Emergency COVID-19 Rental Assistance Programs - Learn more about the State of Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago new emergency COVID-19 rental assistance programs including eligibility requirements and documents you will need in order to apply.
    • Illinois Rental Payment Program - The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will administer a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program this spring. The Illinois Rental Payment Program is not currently accepting applications and the program is in development.
    • Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program - Serving people who live in Suburban Cook County. Applications are open March 11, 2021 to April 9, 2021. If you need assistance contact the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program helpline at 877-426-6515.
    • Chicago Housing Assistance Portal - The Department of Housing and the Department of Family and Support Services have several initiatives to provide housing cost assistance to Chicago residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Lake County - Provides rent and utility assistance for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19 in Lake County.
  • DuPage County CRIS - DuPage Countyā€™s community resource database, including housing & utility assistance.


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 ā€œHelp is Hereā€ 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.


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.


Local tenant rights, laws and protections - Know your rights as a tenant and protections available to you. Find information about landlord-tenant issues, your responsibilities, and resources across Illinois


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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.