The State of Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago are developing new emergency COVID-19 rental assistance programs.  

Two statewide programs and a program serving the City of Chicago will open in May.

All programs will offer assistance with up to 12 months of unpaid or past due rent and up to 3 months of future rent. 

To qualify, applicants need to:

  • Have experienced a COVID-related financial hardship
  • Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability
  • Have a total household income below 80% of Area Median Income.

View information about the IL Rental Payment Program offered by Illinois Housing Department Authority here. Applications open May 17th.

Learn about additional state and City of Chicago programs here and view a webinar on the programs here

Condo owners who rent out their units may want to pass along this information to their tenants, if they are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19.