Rental Assistance

Tenants looking for help with paying their rent must already be living in a Rental Housing Support (RHS) program property or be prepared to move into a RHS program property.


Created in July 2005, the RHS program is a state funded rental assistance program that provides subsidies to tenants living in RHS developments across Illinois. (The City of Chicago administers its own RHS program. Chicago renters should see note below).

IHDA administers the program overall, but contracts with local administering agencies (LAAs) around the state who manage the program in their communities, including finding and screening tenants.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

• household income must be at or below 30 percent of the area median income. Look up area median income
• tenant must be able to contribute approximately 30 percent of their income to rent
• tenant cannot be receiving other rental assistance such as Section 8 subsidies.


How to apply:

Tenants must contact their closest local administering agency funded by IHDA to check availability and to apply.


Note for Chicago Renters

The City of Chicago administers its own RHS program. Chicago residents interested in getting assistance under the RHS program should call one of the following locations:

Garfield Center (west side) 312/746-5400
North Side Center 312/744-2580
South Chicago Center 312/747-0331
King Center (south side) 312/747-2300
Englewood Center (south side) 312/747-0200
Trina Davila (northwest side) 312/744-2014