The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is in the final week of collecting applications for a $500 million rental assistance program aimed at helping 63,000 renters who have fallen behind on their rent due to COVID-19 become current with their rental obligations. Today it was announced that a new round of rental assistance totaling more than $2 billion will become available this fall.
Governor Pritzker is in the process of phasing out the eviction moratorium, with a full end to the eviction moratorium scheduled for August. The current Illinois Rental Payment Program is currently open and will accept applications through 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 18. To date, nearly 81,000 applications for assistance have been received. IHDA has approved 15,700 applications, and has paid out $129 million to qualifying renters.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) also has assistance programs in place with no deadline for rental assistance and eviction mediation. Illinois residents can visit www.illinoisrentalassistance.org to learn about those programs.
In addition to a second round of rental assistance, a mortgage assistance program is also expected to be announced in the coming months. For updates on these programs and additional information, visit www.ihda.org.