COVID-19 HOUSING ASSISTANCE GRANT FOR RENTERS
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.
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):
Government Issued ID
Ex: State ID, Drivers License with current address, or Matrícula Consular de Alta Seguridad
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.
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
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.