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Renters Struggling Due To The Pandemic Can Apply For Grants To Pay 15 Months Of Back, Future Rent

Applications to the program are open now. People can also get help with utility bills.

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CHICAGO — Renters struggling due to the pandemic can get up to 15 months’ worth of financial relief.

Applications to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are open now. People can apply online. Landlords can also apply on behalf of tenants.

People who are approved for the program will receive a one-time grant covering up to 12 months of missed rent payments and utility bills, as well as another three months of future rent payments and utility bills. People will not need to repay the grant.

People who had previously gotten rent assistance can still apply for this program; however, they cannot use funds to cover the same months that were already paid for by another program. The rent relief is also available to people who are undocumented.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Live in Chicago
  • Have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, including having lost their job or having someone ill within the family.
  • Be at risk of housing instability.
  • Have earned less than the maximum household income. A list of the limits is available online.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. June 8.

People who have questions or need help with the application can call 312-698-0202 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.

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