CHICAGO — Illinois’ eviction moratorium is ending after this month — and people can start getting evicted again after Aug. 31, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday.
The eviction moratorium has been in place since the coronavirus pandemic’s start to protect renters and homeowners who were struggling financially as a result of the crisis. People being evicted for other reasons were still allowed to be evicted.
With the moratorium’s end, eviction filings will be allowed come Aug. 1. Enforcement of eviction orders can begin after Aug. 31 — meaning that’s when previously protected people will again be able to be removed from their homes.
The state is offering programs to help people with rent to avoid evictions. Applications for the Illinois Rental Payment Program are open through Sunday and can be done online. Other assistance is also available through the Department of Human Services.
Chicago homeowners who are struggling due to the pandemic can apply for grants to pay their mortgage online.
Further rounds of state mortgage and rental assistance will be announced in coming months, according to the Governor’s Office.
Community groups have said they fear a wave of evictions will come as the moratorium ends since many people have not had opportunities to pay off rent and mortgage that accumulated as a result of financial struggles during the pandemic.
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