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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.

As of November 20, GPCC has paused accepting applications for the rental assistance grant program. Several local organizations are serving residents in their respective communities, and are listed on the City of Chicago Department of Housing website. 

City of Chicago Rental Assistance Grants »

GPCC will begin 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, your total annual household income cannot exceed 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Please refer to the table below to determine your income eligibility. You must live in the City of Chicago and submit the requested listed documents:

Required Documents

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

1. Government-issued ID: If the address does not match please send two pieces of mail with your current address.

2. Current Income Documentation:  If your income is $0 then send a letter explaining your income, OR your 2019 1099 or 2019 W2; OR an unemployment letter; OR a TANF benefit letter; OR a SNAP benefit letter; OR a 2019 tax return, OR a 2019 1099 form.

3. Current Lease Agreement

4. Rent receipt - proof of payment of rent.

5. Explanation of how your job was affected by COVID-19; send either an unemployment letter or a letter from employer stating that your hours were reduced or you were laid off.

Determine Income Eligibility

The following chart shows the limits for 60% of the Area Median Income Limits (AMI) as of April 1, 2020. The income limits refer to total household income, which includes the income of all adults in the household. In order to qualify for this grant award, your total household income must not exceed the following amounts:

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

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.