Trump Administration & Congress Must Go Back to Negotiating Table
You may have seen that President Trump issued an executive order on evictions. This executive order is “an empty shell of a promise that does nothing to prevent evictions and homelessness,” as the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Diane Yentel has stated, “and acts only to mislead renters into believing that they are protected when they are not.”
- A national, uniform moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures
- $100 billion in emergency rental assistance
- $75 billion in mortgage assistance
- $11.5 billion in emergency resources to help prevent and respond to outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness
Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Currently Available
Illinois Emergency Rental Assistance
The IHDA COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERA) opened for applications yesterday, August 10, at era.ihda.org. Applications will be accepted August 10 – August 21. However, due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early.
Illinois Emergency Mortgage Assistance
The IHDA COVID-19 Emergency Mortgage Assistance program (EMA) will open for applications on August 24 at ema.ihda.org.
Cook County Rental Assistance
Cook County’s COVID-19 rental assistance program also opened for applications on Monday, August 10, at www.cookcountyil.gov/recovery. Residents of suburban Cook County may submit applications until August 18.
Chicago Rental Assistance
The Chicago rental assistance program is continuing to accept applications at chi.gov/housinghelp through August 14 or until 250,000 applications are received, whichever comes first.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The application and eligibility requirements are somewhat different for all these programs, but all funds will be awarded based on a random selection of eligible applicants (anticipating that more people will apply than can be assisted).
- People can apply for the City of Chicago or Cook County suburbs program and the IHDA program, but can’t actually receive funds from more than one program.
- For individuals who can’t qualify to apply for the these programs, or don’t get funding, there are other resources such as the IDHS Homeless Prevention Program, for which they may qualify.
- Other counties, such as Lake County, have additional COVID-19 rental assistance resources for their local residents. Especially outside of Cook County, the local community action agency is probably the best resource to find out about all the local resources available.