Applications Open: Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Our deadline has been extended!  Applications now open until April 9 at 5:00 pm

Apply online.

Applications are now open until April 9 at 5:00 pm for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program. It pays up to 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to your landlord and utility company. 

If you need assistance completing the online application or with language services, please contact the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program helpline at 877-426-6515.  You will receive assistance and be referred to one of our partner agencies if needed.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Live in suburban Cook County and rent their home (Landlords may apply on behalf of eligible tenants)
  • Lack access to other support (e.g., don’t live in public housing or receive rental assistance from other programs during the same time period)
  • Have proof of financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have a household annual income at or below these requirements:
Household Size  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
Income  $51,000  $58,250  $65,550  $72,800  $78,650  $84,450  $90,300  $96,100


What counts as a COVID-19 related financial hardship?

  • Financial hardships related to COVID-19 include:
  • Losing your income
  • Working fewer hours
  • Being furloughed
  • Quitting your job because you are at high risk for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate
  • Losing work to stay home to care for a child

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Our Partners

Arab American Family Services
BEDS Plus Care, Inc.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Center of Concern
Connections for the Homeless
Housing Authority of Cook County
Housing Choice Partners
Housing Forward
Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Northwest Compass, Inc
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
Open Communities
Respond Now
South Suburban Housing Center.
The Link & Option Center, Inc.
Thornton Township
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago


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