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Illinois Rental Payment Program Application Now Open


The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) is now open for applications. This joint application is to be completed by both tenants and landlords via the online ILRPP Application portal before the January 9 deadline.


Prior to applying, applicants are encouraged to review eligibility criteria and required documentation at www.IllinoisHousingHelp.org. Tenants and landlords with questions about the application can contact the ILRPP Call Center between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-454-3571 or via email at Questions.ILRPP@ihda.org.


Through the ILRPP, tenants can receive a one-time grant, up to $25,000, to cover up to 18 months of rental payments paid directly to landlords. However, if the landlord chooses not to complete their application, tenants may receive ILRPP payments directly. Grant amounts will vary and match the tenant’s specific needs. Rent owed from June 2020 through April 2022 may be paid for with ILRPP funds.


Illinois tenants may be eligible to receive ILRPP assistance if:

  • The household is at risk of homelessness or housing instability (i.e. household received a past due rent or eviction notice).

    • The household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence.

    • The household is a low-income family (meaning those families whose incomes do not exceed 80% of the median income for the area, adjusted for household size, as determined by HUD). Find your county’s income limits here.

    • One or more individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the coronavirus pandemic.

    • ILRPP assistance is available to all eligible renters in Illinois regardless of immigration status. ILRPP assistance is not a “public charge” benefit.


Documentation Requirements

  • Housing Providers/Landlords

    • Government-issued photo ID regardless of the expiration date

    • Evidence of past-due rent

    • Evidence of ownership (copy of 2020 property tax bill or 2021 monthly mortgage statement)

    • Current signed lease (if available)

    • Fully executed and current property management agreement (if payment is made to a property manager)Tenants


  • Tenants/Renters

    • Government-issued photo ID regardless of the expiration date

    • A utility bill or proof of address dated 90 days prior to the application (if the address on your ID is not your current address)

    • Proof of household income

    • Proof of past-due rent

    • Proof of public assistance (if applicable)

    • Recertification of income (if applicable)

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