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Rental Assistance Grants

Rental Assistance Grants

The City of Chicago’s Rental Assistance Program offers financial relief to Chicagoans who have been impacted by the economic fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus. These relief programs provide financial support to eligible Chicago households to help tackle one of their biggest monthly expenses - housing. Grants may be used for rent payments for your primary residence.

This grant program is intended for Chicago residents who have been impacted by the economic fallout from COVID-19, including those who have lost their jobs through layoff or furlough, as well as those who have retained their jobs but have had their hours or wages severely reduced.

GPCC will start accepting applications on August 10. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

You should know several important things prior to applying for this grant:

  • The maximum grant assistance amount will be $3,000.
  • The level of assistance will be determined by your monthly rental amount and level of need.
  • If you previously received a housing assistance grant from the City of Chicago in April of 2020, you may still be eligible for this grant.

Please thoroughly review the program and eligibility requirements before checking your address and starting the application process.

General Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, you must, at minimum:

  • Reside within the Chicago city limits.
  • Provide a government-issued ID.
  • Demonstrate your total household income was at 60% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020. (Refer to the table below to determine your income eligibility.)
  • Have experienced a change in your financial status (after March 1, 2020) due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Must be 18 years of age or over, or be a financially independent minor.

Required Documents

The following documents are required at minimum. You may be asked to provide additional documentation.

Identification and Proof of Residency: 

Government Issued ID or Drivers’ License with current address

Household Income and Financial Hardship (after March 1):

Unemployment Claim/Notice dated after March 1
   OR
Documentation from former/current employer of layoff, furlough or reduction in hours (paystubs)
   OR
Proof of self- employment and of reduction in income;
Proof of self-employment (e.g. EIN/TIN number or business license.);
Paystubs or bank statements showing decreased income after March 1

Rental Documentation:

Lease document
OR
Landlord Affidavit (letter from landlord validating rent agreement)
AND
2 Bank statements or canceled checks showing payments to landlord
OR
Last two rent receipts
OR 
5, 10, 15, 30-day late notice (with the amount)

Determine Income Eligibility

Area Median Income Limits (AMI) Chart (as of April 1, 2020)

The income limits refer to total household income, which includes the income of all adults in the household.

Household Size 30% 40% 50% 60% 80% 100% 120% 140%
1 $19,150 $25,480 $31,850 $38,220 $51,000 $63,700 $76,440 $89,180
2 $21,850 $29,120 $36,400 $43,680 $58,250 $72,800 $87,360 $101,920
3 $24,600 $32,760 $40,950 $49,140 $65,550 $81,900 $98,280 $114,660
4 $27,300 $36,400 $45,500 $54,600 $72,800 $91,000 $109,200 $127,400
5 $29,500 $39,320 $49,150 $58,980 $78,650 $98,300 $117,960 $137,620
6 $31,700 $42,240 $52,800 $63,360 $84,450 $105,600 $126,720 $147,480
7 $33,900 $45,160 $56,450 $67,740 $90,300 $112,900 $135,480 $158,060
8 $36,050 $48,080 $60,100 $72,120 $96,100 $120,200 $144,240 $168,280

   

Income limits are for the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL HUD Metro FMR Area.

Complete an application online! 

Rental Assistance Grant Application »

If you are facing eviction, or know someone who is, please read an FAQ sheet on the recent temporary eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Eviction Moratorium FAQ »

Additional Emergency Assistance Grants

Additional Mortgage Assistance

If you need mortgage assistance, grants will be made through Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS). Visit the NHS website to learn more about their mortgage assistance support.