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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. To learn more about rental assistance programs available in the State of Illinois, please visit this illinoisrentalassistance.org.

Additional programs may be posted on the chicookilrenthelp.org website.

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 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:

The State of Illinois eviction moratorium ended on October 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have financial and legal options to help them to remain in their homes. Three important points:

  1. Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  2. Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Visit Rentervention.com, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, or other resources listed below.
  3. Get financial help. Visit chicago.gov/eviction for a list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance and more information regarding eviction, lockouts, or renters rights.

Additionally, under the COVID 19 Eviction Protection Ordinance, landlords filing evictions due to nonpayment of rent against tenants who have coronavirus-related financial hardships should wait for a seven-day “cooling-off” period in addition to the regular five-day notice period. After the “cooling-off” period, landlords must show the court that they have engaged in good faith efforts to reach a reasonable alternative to eviction, including mediation, payment plans, or other options before an eviction can proceed.

Residential tenants who have lost income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic should notify their landlords in writing within five days of receiving an eviction notice in order to further protect themselves from eviction.

Cook County Legal Aid

Free legal assistance for residents of Cook County, including eviction or unresolved debt issues, and unpaid property tax concerns. Learn more at cookcountylegalaid.org.

Eviction Help Illinois

Free legal help for Illinois residents who are renters facing potential eviction and landlords not represented by a lawyer. Learn more at evictionhelpillinois.org.

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.