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Resources for Renters

Resources for Renters programs

Announcement

Emergency COVID-19 rental assistance programs from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago offer support for renters facing financial hardship. Application procedures and deadlines vary by program. If you need assistance completing an application, please make an appointment with our team.

GPCC supports Garfield Park tenants and landlords by increasing access to resources and through rental assistance programs.

Rental Assistance Grants

Rental assistance is available on the State, County, and City levels. With so many programs it can be difficult to choose the right program. The City of Chicago created the chicookilrenthelp.org website to help you decide which program is best for you.

We are offering support for both the City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP). Residents are welcome to apply for both programs, but can receive a grant from only one program. 

The ERAP application closed on June 15, 2021. The ILRPP tenant-led application process closed on July 18, 2021. Please stay tuned for updates.

Need assistance completing an application? Our team can help:

Have questions about the status of your ILRPP application?

Learn more about the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP):

Chicago Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): 

To qualify, applicants must:

  1. Live in the City of Chicago
  2. Have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household
  3. Be at risk of housing instability
  4. Have earned less than the maximum household income during 2020 or at the time of application
  5. Rent or rent out your home

The ERAP online application portal closed June 15. Please stay tuned for updates.

Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP): 

To qualify, applicant households must:

  1. Be behind on rent for at least 30 days
  2. Live in Illinois and rent their home as their primary residence
  3. Have a total gross income that does not exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  4. Have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic
  5. Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability

The tenant-led ILRPP application closed July 18. Please stay tuned for updates.

Chicago Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): 

To qualify, applicants must:

  1. Live in the City of Chicago
  2. Have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household
  3. Be at risk of housing instability
  4. Have earned less than the maximum household income during 2020 or at the time of application
  5. Rent or rent out your home

The ERAP online application portal closed June 15. Please stay tuned for updates.

Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP): 

To qualify, applicant households must:

  1. Be behind on rent for at least 30 days
  2. Live in Illinois and rent their home as their primary residence
  3. Have a total gross income that does not exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  4. Have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic
  5. Be at risk of homelessness or housing instability

The tenant-led ILRPP application closed July 18. Please stay tuned for updates.

Resources for Anyone Facing Eviction:

National Eviction Moratorium FAQ

Illinois November 14, 2020 Eviction Moratorium

Know your rights! On November 14, 2020, protections for Illinois tenants were changed. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. The update was extended through July 24, 2021. Tenants: Your landlord should give you a copy before they give you a new five-day notice. If your landlord doesn’t give you a declaration, you can make one at Rentervention.com

Rentervention

Rentervention is a resource for Chicago tenants in need of help with housing issues, like lockouts or evictions. This is a Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing program. It is free and confidential. You can contact them by going to their website, calling 312-347-7600, or text “hi” to 866-7RENTER (866-773-6837). 

Center for Conflict Resolution

The center provides court-based mediation in virtual eviction courtrooms in the following locations: Daley Center, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, and Markham.  A court case is not required to access mediation. Clients can also self-refer outside of the court process. Contact CCR’s case management team at 312-922-6464 x22 or newcase@ccrchicago.org if you would like to open a mediation case.

City of Chicago Renters’ Rights

To learn more about your rights, call Chicago’s Department of Housing- Renters’ Rights Information Line at 312-742-RENT (312-742-7368).

Chicago Furniture Bank

GPCC partners with Chicago Furniture Bank to provide Chicagoans with complete furnishing packages that turn empty spaces into comfortable homes. If you had to leave your previous home quickly and need help refurnishing your new space, please contact La Shone Kelly at 312-983-2226 to make an appointment.

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