The Illinois Housing Development Authority announced that applications are now open for the second cycle of the Illinois Rent Payment Program (ILRPP), which will provide an additional $ 297 million to tenants and homeowners / providers in the region. aim to prevent evictions and ensure the safety of families. . This is the third major housing assistance initiative in response to the pandemic in Illinois.
The following is from a version of Project NOW:
State officials will present information on how to apply for the funding on Thursday, December 16.e at 1:00 p.m. at the Camden Center in Milan (2701 1st East Street in Milan, Illinois). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday January 9, 2022, at illinoishousinghelp.org. The IHDA will begin processing applications as they are submitted, and this cycle money will begin distributing to approved Illinoisians before the end of the calendar year. The additional funding from ILRPP is expected to help more than 32,500 Illinois households.
The ILRPP provides direct funding to support tenants in Illinois unable to pay their rent due to loss of income from COVID-19. Approved applicants will receive one-time grants of up to $ 25,000, paid directly to their homeowners / providers on their behalf. If the housing provider chooses not to participate in the program, tenants can receive payments directly to make the rent payments. In this application cycle, assistance will cover up to 18 months of emergency lease payments, including up to 15 months of missed payments and up to three months of future payments. Rents due from June 2020 to April 2022 can be paid with ILRPP funds. Priority will be given to households earning less than 50% of the MAI and to households in which one or more members have been unemployed for at least 90 days.
Tenant eligibility conditions:
- The household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence.
- The household must have experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly as a result of the pandemic.
- Household income is less than 80% of the area’s median income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
- The household must have an unpaid rent balance.
- Proof of citizenship is not required. Rent assistance is not a “public charge” benefit.
- Renters residing in state or federal subsidized housing are eligible.
Project NOW also has $ 1.4 million in COVID relief funds to help struggling tenants. Executive Director Dwight Ford says renters and landlords need to work together to tap into the dollars we have. Contact Project NOW at 309-793-6391 for assistance with the state program or for Project NOW.
In ILRPP’s first round of applications, the IHDA approved more than 62,400 applications and disbursed $ 571 million on behalf of tenants facing challenges related to the pandemic. About 55% of approved applications helped households that had been unemployed for more than 90 days, and 87% of approvals helped very low-income households keep vulnerable tenants in their homes. The program provided an average of $ 9,152 per household. For more information and program updates, please visit illinoishousinghelp.org