Emergency Housing Assistance Grants
Emergency assistance funds are made available by the State of Illinois, Cook County, the City of Chicago, and/or other private resources to assist low-to-moderate income households experiencing economic hardships.
If you need financial assistance with your rent, mortgage, or utility bill, please check the resources below (income limits generally apply).
Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF)
The Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund program is open and accepting applications.
Apply before the March 31st deadline.
The State of Illinois, Cook County, and City of Chicago have new emergency rental assistance programs to support households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Preservation Compact lists all available assistance programs and relevant program dates.
Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)
The Illinois Rental Payment Program closed January 9, 2022. If you need help following up on your application with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), please call Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago at 1-800-831-7949 or email EmergencyAssistance@NHSChicago.org.
Illinois Department of Housing Services (IDHS)
While the Illinois Rental Payment Program is closed, rental assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is still available. Please check their network of providers in your area for assistance in applying for rental assistance through IDHS.
Utility Bill Assistance
Your Neighbor Fund
ComEd Utility Bill Assistance Program
The ComEd employees have set up a fund to assist their customers, their neighbors essentially, during tough times. The Your Neighbor Fund will help pay your ComEd bill that is past due (up to 180). Grants are awarded as funds are available. If you are a ComEd customer and have a past due balance, apply today for a hand up from the Your Neighbor Fund.
State of Illinois Utility Bill Assistance Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Financial support is available to eligible low-income households in Illinois who need help paying their heating and electric bills. Chicago residents can reach out to directly to CEDA to apply for Gas and Electric Assistance through the LIHEAP program.