Deadline for Emergency Rental Assistance Extended

This week, it was announced that the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has extended the deadline for Illinois renters to apply for aid by one week to 12 p.m. on August 28 due to those impacted by last week’s the storms. Additionally, landlords will be given to August 30 to complete their portion of the applications. The Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program provides $5,000 to eligible tenants who have seen their household income decline because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landlords are required to submit additional documentation before their application period closes for an application to be considered complete. It is recommended that renters notify their landlords that they have applied for assistance under the ERA program and that they will receive an email from IHDA requesting them to submit required documentation.

Renters affected by the storms, or those requiring assistance with their application, are urged to reach out to one of IHDA’s partnering Community and Outreach Assistance organizations. These organizations can be found on the “resources” page at

For additional help, applicants may also contact IHDA’s call center at: (312) 883-2720, or toll-free at: (888) 252-1119. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, please contact Navicore Solutions for free assistance at: (877) 274-4309 (TTY).

Dale Fowler

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