The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) will open from December 6, 2021 through January 9, 2022. The program is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and provides rental assistance up to $25,000 for landlords and tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landlord and tenants can apply jointly. Frequently asked questions, eligibility forms, and other resources can be found on the IHDA website (https://www.ihda.org/about-ihda/illinois-rental-payment-program/).

The application portal can be found here: https://www.illinoishousinghelp.org/

Below are eligibility requirements as directly outlined by the Illinois Rental Payment Program.

 

Grant Information

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 at risk of homelessness or housing instability (i.e. household received a past due rent or eviction notice)
  • 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

Documentation Requirements

  • Housing Providers
    • Evidence of past-due rent
    • Copy of 2019 Property Tax Bill or 2021 monthly mortgage statement
    • Grant payment information for check distribution
    • Current signed lease (if available)
    • SSN or ITIN
    • Employer Identification Number (if payment is made to a business entity)
    • Rental unit information (unit type, address, rent amount)
    • Fully executed and current property management agreement (if payment is made to a property manager)
    • Valid email address
  • Tenants
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • A utility bill or proof of address (if the address on your ID is not your current address)
    • Monthly rent and amount past-due
    • Proof of household income in 2020
    • Proof of public assistance (if applicable)
    • Valid email address
    • Proof of immigration status (or social security number) is not require

 

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