CHICAGO, Illinois (BAGUETTE) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced that more than $ 252 million in rental assistance has been paid on behalf of nearly 29,500 tenant households affected by COVID-19 through the payment program Illinois rent.
The ILRPP was launched in May 2021 to help those who missed rent payments due to the pandemic.
The program pays homeowners up to $ 25,000 in financial assistance directly.
50% of the $ 500 million available ILRPP funds have already been paid, making Illinois one of the highest rental assistance providers among all recipients in the state according to the US Treasury Department.
This is in addition to the more than $ 230 million Illinois paid tenants in 2020 as part of an inaugural pandemic rental assistance program.
“Having a roof over your head is the basis of a prosperous life, and Illinois is fiercely fighting the destabilizing effects of the pandemic on that basis by keeping our residents on their feet,” Governor JB Pritzker said. âAs the need for aid grows more urgent, we are proud to be one of the leading states in the country to distribute dollars to those in need. With over $ 250 million at the door and millions more on the way, we won’t until we can make a difference for every family possible. “
“Far too many people face housing insecurity and the risk of homelessness, especially during this pandemic,” said Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton. “Illinois continues to support those in need, leveraging existing resources and assistance to ensure the state’s most vulnerable residents have a roof over their heads.”
Illinois’ rent payment program provides up to 12 months of past due rent and up to three months of future rent payment for tenants at risk of housing instability due to the pandemic.
To date, IHDA has received nearly 98,865 completed ILRPP applications from tenants and landlords in 100 of 102 counties in Illinois, reviewed over 70,000 applications, approved 29,433 applications, and paid over $ 252.5 million to tenants facing difficulties due to the pandemic for an average of $ 8,580 per household.
Approvals of completed applications will be reviewed until the end of September. Governor Pritzker recently extended the moratorium on evictions until Sunday, October 3.
âIn 2020, Governor Pritzker tasked the IHDA to develop and implement an emergency rental assistance program to provide rapid and direct assistance to households affected by the pandemic, which we do not had never done before â, said IHDA Executive Director Kristin Faust. “I am proud to report that the IHDA has now provided over $ 483 million in rental assistance since August 2020, and staff will continue to review and process requests as quickly as possible to provide assistance to vulnerable households. For those who were not initially eligible or missed the application window, more help will be available in the fall. “
Delays can occur in processing applications due to the amount of documentation required by the federal government to approve funding.
Of the 70,000 applications submitted for initial review, the IHDA identified 36,000 applications with incomplete or missing documents (e.g. government issued ID, proof of household income, proof of address or proof of overdue rent).
The IHDA is sending an email to landlords and / or tenants detailing what is missing, with information on a timeframe and process for submitting documentation to complete their treatment request. Despite these challenges, Illinois remains a national leader in dispersing rental assistance.
âThe Illinois rent payment program is something the people of Illinois should be proud of. While many states have struggled to comfort their troubled tenants, Illinois is a champion,â he said. said State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago). “This is an important step, but our work is not done. With more help coming this fall, we will continue to work with the IHDA to better help our constituents, so they don’t have to live. in fear of being deported. “
This initial funding was provided through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and rounds of additional aid, including rent and mortgage, will be announced later this fall as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. .
Tenants and landlords should continue to check their email (including junk mail folders) for any updates from IHDA regarding their request. To speak with an IHDA call center representative, please dial (866) 454-3571 (toll free).
“After launching one of the nation’s largest assistance programs in 2020, we knew Illinois was ready to provide much-needed relief to renters and homeowners across the state to limit the impact that the pandemic could have on communities, âsaid State Senator Christopher. Belt (D-Est St. Louis). âThe Illinois General Assembly acted quickly once federal emergency rent assistance funds were allocated to Illinois to limit housing insecurity and homelessness. an additional allocation of funds from the Illinois General Assembly. “
For tenants who missed the window to request assistance through IHDA, the Illinois Department of Social Services (IDHS) will accept requests for rental assistance while funding is exhausted.