2022 Illinois Rental Payment Program Fact Book



Round 2 Fact and Information Report Overview

Since March of 2020, many Illinois households have experienced serious health and economic impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic including unemployment or underemployment, lost income due to children or elders needing care at home, unexpected medical bills, and more. These financial burdens forced many Illinois households to prioritize their spending to survive, leaving many unable to pay their full monthly housing costs.

Facing the possibility of an unprecedented wave of evictions during a public health crisis, the need for emergency rental assistance, eviction prevention measures, and other relief was clear and immediate. Governor JB Pritzker and the state of Illinois quickly launched a holistic response to those needs, utilizing the massive influx of federal dollars from Congress to launch one of the largest rental assistance programs in the country. Illinois stands proud as a model of good government in helping its residents endure the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by developing one of the largest and most expediently deployed rental assistance programs in the country. Since 2020, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has administered three rounds of emergency rental assistance that has provided nearly $1.02 billion in rental assistance to help 137,372 vulnerable households remain housed.

 

Leading the Way in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since 2020, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has administered three rounds of emergency rental assistance that has provided nearly $1.02 billion in rental assistance to help 137,372 vulnerable households remain housed.

Illinois Rental Payment Program Round 2

Launched in December 2021, ILRPP2 provided a lifeline for renters and landlords who continued to experience financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by $297 million in federal funding, 27,279 low-income Illinois renters received $204 million to remain safely housed during the pandemic.

Illinois Rental Payment Program Round 2 - Helping Residents in Need

The average assistance sent to approved applicants was for $7,462, with the mean length of assistance spanning 7 months.

Illinois Rental Payment Program Round 2 - Assisting the Most Vulnerable

Of the 27,279 tenant households served with ILRPP2 funds, 11 percent were very low-income (earning between 31 percent and 50 percent of AMI) while 81 percent were extremely low-income (earning less than 30 percent of AMI).

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2022 Illinois Rental Payment Program Fact Book

Throughout ILRPP2, IHDA approved 27,279 applications and provided nearly $204 million in vital emergency rental assistance to vulnerable low-income renters facing financial pandemic-related hardships. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, IHDA has provided more than $1.02 billion in emergency rental assistance to keep more than 137,300 Illinois residents safely housed.

To learn more about the program, please download the full 2022 Illinois Rental Payment Program Fact Book.

 

 

 


Illinois Rental Payment Program Testimonials

The Illinois Rental Payment Program provided financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance provided helped thousands of renters across the state including residents highlighted in the testimonials below.

Illinois Rental Payment Program Testimonial - Willie
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Illinois Rental Payment Program Testimonial - Seretha
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Illinois Rental Payment Program Testimonial - Willie
Illinois Rental Payment Program  Testimonial - Seretha
Illinois Rental Payment Program Testimonial – Olivia
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