8/28/20 - A Message to Providers from Secretary Hou: Deadline to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance through the Illinois Housing Development Authority is Today!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Dear Partners,

A few weeks ago, we shared that Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) launched efforts to provide rental and mortgage assistance for individuals and families impacted by COVID 19.

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)

The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) is a program to support those who have been unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19. We are writing to remind you that it's not too late to sign up! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! We are looking to increase applications through the Central and Southern regions of the state. Please share with your partners about this opportunity with Illinois residents who may benefit. The most up to date information can be found on IHDA's website.

Approved applicants will receive a one-time grant of $5,000, paid directly to their landlord to cover missed rent payments beginning in March 2020 and prepaid through December 2020 or until the $5,000 is exhausted. Renters in need of assistance can go online and apply now.

Emergency Mortgage Assistance (EMA)

In addition, applications are still accepted for a related program for mortgage assistance. It will support about 10,000 households with up to $15,000 paid directly to their mortgage lender to cover payments between March and December of this year. Applications will be accepted through September 4.

Thank you to the IHDA for leading this important work, and thank you in advance to those of you who are helping to build housing security for families across Illinois.


Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS