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Resources for Renters programs

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New rental assistance grants are here!
Emergency COVID-19 rental assistance programs from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago offer support for renters. Learn more about the program requirements on this page. If you need assistance with an application, make an appointment with our team.

GPCC is happy to support Garfield Park tenants and landlords with through multiple resources and 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.

Residents are welcome to apply for both programs, but can receive only one grant. 

Need assistance completing an application? Our team can help:

To set up an appointment for the State program, email: ilrpp@gpcommunitycouncil.org or call 773-948-8989 x 160

To set up an appointment for the City program, email: erap@gpcommunitycouncil.org or call 773-948-8989 x 130

Chicago Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): 

To qualify, applicants need to:

  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

Illinois Rental Assistance Program (ILRPP): 

To qualify, applicants need to:

  1. Household is behind on their rent for at least 30 days
  2. Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence
  3. Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  4. Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic
  5. At risk of homelessness or housing instability

Chicago Rental Assistance Program (ERAP): 

To qualify, applicants need to:

  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

Illinois Rental Assistance Program (ILRPP): 

To qualify, applicants need to:

  1. Household is behind on their rent for at least 30 days
  2. Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence
  3. Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  4. Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic
  5. At risk of homelessness or housing instability

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 June 26, 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 (312-983-2226) to make an appointment.

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