Illinois distributes all of first-round rental assistance
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[October 28, 2021]
By Kevin Bessler
(The Center Square) – State officials
announced over a half-billion dollars has been distributed to renters
and landlords around the state.
More than 57,000 households have now received assistance through the
2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP).
At a news conference Wednesday in Springfield, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton
said renters in 99 of Illinois’ 102 counties have received rental
“Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head, a safe place they can
call their own, and today confirms that Illinois is the state where this
rings true,” she said.
ILRPP provides up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance to cover up
to 15 months of past-due rent and up to three months of future rent
payments for tenants experiencing financial hardship related to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Grant payments were made directly to the landlord on
behalf of the tenant as long as the landlord agreed to forgo an
Michael Glasser, president of the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance,
said it is beneficial for renters to apply for assistance because
housing providers prefer not to go through the long legal process of
eviction, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
“Just having the ability to evict gives us a tool that we need to kind
of wake up and shake up some of the tenants who have been milking this
process,” Glasser said.
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Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton speaks at a news
conference in Springfield on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
More than 6 million U.S. households cumulatively owe
billions in back rent, according to the National Equity Atlas
created by PolicyLink.
“Tenants owe billions in back rent, and the burden of that debt on
neighborhood housing providers has drained their resources and
impacted their ability to invest and maintain the homes that their
tenants live in,” Glasser said.
According to officials, around 50% of the 57,013 approved
applications have assisted households that have been unemployed for
more than 90 days. The program has provided an average of $9,090 per
With Illinois’ initial 2021 allocation of rental relief funds fully
paid out, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will open a new
round of assistance funded by a separate bill on Monday, November 8,