ILLINOIS RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS are now CLOSED for tenants to apply.

If you already applied for assistance, you can check on the status of your application using your application ID and your rental unit zip code.

Will County is partnering with The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to administer our 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance program.

The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tenants whose application is approved will receive a one-time grant of up to $25,000 paid directly to their landlord to cover missed rent payments between June 2020 and prepay payments through August 2021, or until the grant is exhausted, whichever comes first.
ILRPP is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and is designed to help tens of thousands of Illinois renters avoid eviction and stay safe and in place during a public health crisis. Please note: an application is not a guarantee of assistance.
The landlord-led and tenant-led application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program are now closed and the portal is not currently accepting new applications. 

After a tenant starts the application, a notification will be sent to their landlord to complete the application. IHDA will be reaching out to your landlord directly if they fail to timely submit the required information. If you are unsure whether your landlord will participate, you should still apply.

Governor Pritzker Announces an Additional Round of Rental Assistance

The next round of rental assistance is set to reopen in the fall with more than $2 Billion devoted to keeping Illinoisans in their homes.

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Questions? Call 1-866-454-3571
  • On Monday, June 28 and going forward, the Call Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive assistance through ILRPP, tenants must meet the following criteria:
  • Household is behind on their rent for at least 30 days
  • Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence
  • Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  • Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic, for example:
    • Being laid off
    • Place of employment has closed
    • Reduction in hours of work
    • Loss of spousal/child support
    • Inability to find work due to COVID-19
    • Having to stay home with children due to closure of day care/school
    • Unable to participate in previous employment due to the workplace’s high risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • At risk of homelessness or housing instability

Documentation Requirements

The application will be a joint application from the landlord and the tenant. We strongly encourage you to communicate with each other and begin preparing your materials.

Landlords/Housing Providers

The landlord-led application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program is now closed.
  • Evidence of past-due rent
  • Copy of 2019 Property Tax Bill or 2021 monthly mortgage statement
  • Grant payment information for check distribution
  • Current signed lease (if available)
  • SSN or ITIN
  • Employer Identification Number (if payment is made to a business entity)
  • Rental unit information (unit type, address, rent amount)
  • Fully executed and current property management agreement (if payment is made to a property manager)
  • Valid email address

Tenants

Illinois Rental Assistance applications are now closed for tenant led applications.
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • A utility bill or proof of address (if the address on your ID is not your current address)
  • Monthly rent and amount past-due
  • Proof of household income in 2020
  • Proof of public assistance (if applicable)
  • Valid email address
  • Proof of immigration status (or social security number) is not required

The following agencies can assist both landlords and tenants with the application process.

South Suburban Housing Center

18220 Harwood Avenue, Suite 1
Homewood, IL 60430

(708) 957-4674

Holsten Human Capital Development

350 N Broadway St
Joliet IL, 60435

(815) 770-5724

Spanish Community Center

309 N Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL., 60432

(815) 727-3683