Hey, Kane County Renters And Landlords! Apply May 17 For Up To $25,000 in Emergency Rental Assistance

Hey, Kane County Renters And Landlords! Apply May 17 For Up To $25,000 in Emergency Rental Assistance

Kane County officials are strongly encouraging Kane County renters who were impacted by the pandemic to apply on Monday, May 17, for the Illinois Rental Payment Program — a rent-assistance program that offers up to $25,000 per household.

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.

“We will begin accepting applications on May 17,” Illinois Housing Development Authority officials said on the IHDA website. “In the meantime, we have confirmed several program details that can help tenants and housing providers gather the information needed to apply when the program opens.”

Grant Information

Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.

The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider.

If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive financial assistance through ILRPP, tenants must meet all of the following:

  • 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

  • Housing Providers
    • 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
    • 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 application will be a joint application from the housing provider and the tenant. We strongly encourage you to communicate with each other and begin preparing your materials. We look forward to launching the program on May 17.

More Information

2020 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

If you applied or received funding for the 2020 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and have questions about the program, please reference the Tenant FAQs or the Landlord FAQs.