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Due to funding limitations, we are no longer accepting applications. 
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This program established by the City of Chicago's Department of Housing will transfer a one-time cash grant between $2,000-$3,000 to income-eligible Chicago renters who have been impacted by job or income loss due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These funds are intended to help assist with rent  payments. Limit one grant per household.

Please review eligibility requirements below before submitting the application. 


Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. There are a limited number of grants available. Incomplete applications will cause a delay in processing, which could mean that funding will no longer be available by the time we receive all of your documents.

General Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Reside within the City of Chicago

  • Be a renter

  • Provide a government issued ID

  • Have experienced a change in your financial status (after March 1, 2020) due to COVID-19

  • Be 18 years of age or over, or be a financially independent minor

  • Provide proof that your total household income was at 60% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020 (refer to the table below to determine your income eligibility):

Documents Required​

  1. Government Issued ID
    Ex: State ID, Drivers License with current address, or Matrícula Consular de Alta Seguridad

  2. Proof of Pre-COVID-19 Income (before March 1, 2020)
    TIP: Providing your 2019 Tax Return is the quickest and easiest way to ensure there is no delay in processing your application.

  3. Proof of Post-COVID-19 Income (after March 1, 2020)
    Ex: Unemployment claim dated after March 1; document/statement from former/current employer; pay stubs or bank statements showing decreased income after March 1; proof of self employment or reduction of hours

  4. Proof of Rental or Lease Amount
    Ex: Current lease agreement or rent statement

Note for people with non-traditional jobs such as freelancers, temporary workers, on-demand workers, event-based workers (e.g. people in arts and entertainment), independent contractors, those in cash employment roles, etc: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applicants must make best efforts to demonstrate their eligibility for the program. We will work with you to verify any documentation you are able to provide to determine your eligibility.

Due to funding limitations, we are no longer accepting applications. 

This emergency housing assistance program is made possible by the City of Chicago, Department of Housing in partnership with the Family Independence Initiative and administered in part by the Chicago Bungalow Association.

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