Application Portal for Chicago Rental Assistance Program, which provides financial aid due to the COVID-19 pandemic, closes Saturday

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicagoans struggling to pay their rent have until the end of Saturday to apply for the city’s emergency assistance program.

The Department of Housing’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed for renters and landlords who have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office reminds residents that the application portal will close at 11:50 p.m. Saturday.

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This is the second round of applications for ERAP, which includes $102 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and provides up to 18 months of rental assistance and utility payment assistance for affected tenants. However, this application round is only for tenants and landlords who have not received financing in 2021.

To date, the City of Chicago has provided more than $110 million in direct financial aid and legal services to affected Chicago residents since the start of the pandemic.

Tenants and landlords can apply online at: Anyone who needs help completing an application can call the Call Center at 312.698.0202 – Monday through Friday 9am – 7pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm

Earlier this month, the state launched its second round of aid for Illinois residents.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority is accepting applications for aid until Jan. 9.

In its first round in May, the IHDA approved more than 62,000 applications and the department paid out more than $568 million.

Both tenants and landlords are eligible for assistance, which can be as high as $25,000.

Proof of citizenship is not required and the scholarship is not refundable.

For more information and to see if you qualify, visit

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