Illinois Housing Help

Court Based Rental Assistance

The Illinois Court-Based Rental Assistance Program (CBRAP) provides funding to Illinois tenants and landlords across the state (outside of Cook County) who have pending cases in eviction court. The program is only available to litigants in eviction court. Applicants may qualify for up to $25,000 in emergency rental payments that can include up to 15 months of past-due rent and 3 months of future rent payments to prevent eviction

The CBRA Program is managed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. For more information, please use this link:

Residents of Cook County can access Court-Based Rental Assistance to prevent eviction through the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt. For more information, please use this link:

Legal Assistance

In partnership with the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, Illinois Department of Human Services supports the Eviction Help Illinois program which provides free legal aid, mediation services, and connections to other resources including rental assistance to increase housing stability. Mediation is an opportunity for landlords and tenants to resolve issues with the help of a knowledgeable and neutral person.

Tenants and landlords seeking free legal assistance can find information on available services via this link:


For more information on the accomplishments of Court Based Rental Assistance and the Legal Assistance programs, please see this link:  Eviction Prevention Through Legal Services and Court-Based Rental Assistance (pdf)