2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program

UPDATE: The Illinois Housing Development Authority has finished reviewing all 70,000 completed Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) applications from the landlord-initiated phase that was open from May 17 – June 13, 2021. IHDA continues to review applications as quickly as able and is prioritizing requests from tenants who are unemployed and those with extremely low household incomes.

IHDA has identified 35,000 applications with incomplete or missing documentation. As a result, IHDA has begun emailing landlords and tenants detailing what is missing and a timeframe/process to submit the documentation to complete their application for processing. Please be sure to continue checking the email address used to submit your application to ensure you have the ability to receive assistance.

If you are a tenant or a landlord and have applied to receive ILRPP assistance, you can check the status of your application at ilrpp.ihda.org/status.

For other questions about ILRPP, please call (866) 454-3571.

Rent Assistance Still Available Through IDHS!

If you missed the window to apply for assistance through IHDA, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is currently accepting applications for rental assistance. If you are looking for assistance, please contact an IDHS Service Provider Agency in your area. To find out if you’re eligible, ask about rental assistance, and get help with applying.

Find a IDHS Service Provider at https://www.illinoisrentalassistance.org/providers

Important ILRPP Links

  • What should I do if I think someone is submitting false information to IHDA in connection with the
    Illinois Rental Payment Program?

    • IHDA takes all allegations of fraud seriously. If anyone has reason to believe someone is
      providing fraudulent information in an attempt to obtain emergency rental assistance, please
      visit ilrpp.ihda.org/Application/ReportFraud and provide as much detail as possible so that IHDA can promptly investigate the matter.


(As of October 14, 2021)

Number of Applications Funded
Amount Funded
Income of Approved Households
54,940 $498,989,243 87% of approvals have assisted very-low-income households at or below 50% AMI

You may find more program information below including grant information, eligibility requirements, FAQs and other resources.

Grant Information

Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.


Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive financial assistance through ILRPP, tenants must meet all of the following:

  • Household is at risk of homelessness or housing instability (i.e. household received a past due rent or eviction notice)
  • Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence
  • Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
  • Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly — or indirectly — due to the pandemic, for example:
    • Being laid off
    • Place of employment has closed
    • Reduction in hours of work
    • Loss of spousal/child support
    • Inability to find work due to COVID-19
    • Having to stay home with children due to closure of day care/school
    • Unable to participate in previous employment due to the workplace’s high risk of severe illness from COVID-19


Documentation Requirements

  • Housing Providers
    • Evidence of past-due rent
    • Copy of 2019 Property Tax Bill or 2021 monthly mortgage statement
    • Grant payment information for check distribution
    • Current signed lease (if available)
    • SSN or ITIN
    • Employer Identification Number (if payment is made to a business entity)
    • Rental unit information (unit type, address, rent amount)
    • Fully executed and current property management agreement (if payment is made to a property manager)
    • Valid email address
  • Tenants
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • A utility bill or proof of address (if the address on your ID is not your current address)
    • Monthly rent and amount past-due
    • Proof of household income in 2020
    • Proof of public assistance (if applicable)
    • Valid email address
    • Proof of immigration status (or social security number) is not required

The application will be a joint application from the housing provider and the tenant. We strongly encourage you to communicate with each other and begin preparing your materials.

Please find links to the ILRPP FAQ below.

Housing Provider Frequently Asked Questions:

  • FAQs in English are here.
  • FAQs in Spanish are here.
  • FAQs in Arabic are here.
  • FAQs in Chinese are here.
  • FAQs in Hindi are here.
  • FAQs in Polish are here.
  • FAQs in Portuguese are here.
  • FAQs in Tagalog are here.

Tenant Frequently Asked Questions:

  • FAQs in English are here.
  • FAQs in Spanish are here.
  • FAQs in Arabic are here.
  • FAQs in Chinese are here.
  • FAQs in Hindi are here.
  • FAQs in Polish are here.
  • FAQs in Portuguese are here.
  • FAQs in Tagalog are here.

Please find a link to the ILRPP Income Limits below.

80% AMI County Chart

Please find a link to a list of ILRPP Housing Stability Service (HSS) providers below.

HSS Providers

If you have an unresponsive landlord and need schedule a rental housing counseling session, contact a HSS HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency below.

HSS HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agencies


2020 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions
If you applied or received funding for the 2020 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and have questions about the program, please reference the Tenant FAQs or the Landlord FAQs.