CHICAGO – To assist landlords and tenants who have experienced financial hardship over the last year, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is encouraging the second open application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP), which will be open until Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.
“Many families are still struggling to make ends meet after the many obstacles we have faced over the last two years,” said Hurley. “It is important that our state continues to support those who need help as we work to rebuild our economy and help residents get back to work.”
The ILRPP is open to all Illinois landlords and tenants who meet certain eligibility requirements. Some of the program’s requirements for renters include having an unpaid rent balance and having a household income that is not greater than 80% of their area’s median income. Renters may apply for ILRPP assistance even if they received emergency rental assistance in the past or another unit of government provided them with federal rental assistance. However, they may not receive more than 18 months of total combined assistance, regardless of the source.
Approved applicants can receive one-time grants of up to $25,000 in assistance through the program. To apply, housing providers and tenants can submit a joint application together, and grants will be paid directly to the landlords. If the landlord chooses not to participate in the program, tenants may receive payments directly to make rental payments. To apply or view a complete list of eligibility requirements, individuals can visit www.illinoishousinghelp.org.
“With the upcoming holidays and the cold winter weather it is so important that people are able to remain in their homes without putting financial burden on landlords,” continued Hurley. “I encourage landlords and renters who are struggling to consider applying for free rental assistance.”