Kane County Board Chairman Corinne Pierog is encouraging Kane County renters and landlords to take part in the state’s Rental Assistance Program — and to act quickly, because the grants of up to $25,000 per household are going fast.
“This is truly a win-win, “Pierog said. “It’s a unique opportunity for tenants who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and need assistance with their rent, And it’s a way for landlords in Kane County to recoup some of the revenue lost during the difficult times of the past year.”
The program is a joint venture between several counties, including Kane County, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the state’s housing finance agency.
- Housing providers/landlords may initiate a joint application starting Monday, May 17 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 7.
- Tenants will have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 to complete their portion of a landlord-initiated application.
Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment Director Scott Berger said renters and landlords must work together to achieve the best possible result.
“IHDA’s application process begins with the landlord completing an online form, and then concludes with the tenant providing additional information,” he said. “It’s important that the two parties coordinate their efforts to ensure a smooth submission and approval process.”
Berger estimates that Kane County has more than 45,000 renter-occupied housing units.
Nationwide, it is estimated between one-third and one-half of renters are delinquent to some degree, even if only one month. Using those assumptions, Kane County could have anywhere between 15,000 and 22,500 renters who have fallen behind.
State officials announced Monday (May 17, 2021) that applications for the second round of rental assistance funding are now available to help Illinois residents who have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Illinois Department of Human Services will deploy $665 million in federal funds through the Illinois Rental Payment Program and other assistance programs to Illinois renters and landlords in an effort to prevent evictions.
With the latest allocation of federal stimulus funding, IHDA will provide more than $500 million to struggling landlords and renters while IDHS will allocate $110 million for housing , utilities, and legal assistance.
Overall, the rental programs are expected to assist more than 120,000 households.
SOURCE: Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment news release