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Resources For Renters

Income-eligible renters in Illinois can get up to 15 months in rental assistance, regardless of immigration status.

All programs will offer assistance with up to 12 months of unpaid or past due rent and up to 3 months of future rent. Depending on the program you apply for, you may also be eligible for assistance with utility payments as well.

What Renters Need to Apply for Rental Assistance

Government-issued photo ID (e.g., Illinois Driver’s License/ID card, Passport, Matricula Consular ID card, a local city ID, such as the Chicago CityKey)
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
Copy of lease or rental agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I do not have an email or access to the internet?
Yes. Contact IDHS Call Center at 866-ILHELP1 (866-454-3571).
Can I apply if I do not have an email or access to the internet?
Do tenants need a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) to apply?
A Social Security Number or ITIN is not required for tenants.
Do tenants need a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) to apply?
What if I do not have a formal proof of income?
The application will provide an option for a written attestation form where individuals in this situation can sign and complete. This will serve as proof of income.
What if I do not have a formal proof of income?
Do tenants need a lease to apply?
If there is no lease available, the Housing Provider/Landlord can write an affidavit in lieu of a lease.
Do tenants need a lease to apply?
What if the Housing Provider/Landlord does not want to participate in the Illinois Eviction Prevention Program?
Tenants may still be eligible to apply for assistance. If applying for assistance through IHDA contact a Housing Stability Service Provider near you. If applying for assistance through IDHS find and contact a service provider near you using the Provider Network directory.
What if the Housing Provider/Landlord does not want to participate in the Illinois Eviction Prevention Program?
Can I apply on my own for Emergency Rental Assistance through IDHS?
No. Tenants must get a referral from an IDHS partner. IDHS partners/Outreach Groups will assist tenants in applying for and obtaining funding.
Can I apply on my own for Emergency Rental Assistance through IDHS?