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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. These grants are made as funding is available until the monies are exhausted and/or as the program timeframe allows.

Emergency Housing Assistance Grants

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 is now closed.



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. CLICK HERE for an overview on 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

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.



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. CLICK HERE for more information from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Chicago residents can reach out to directly to  CEDA to APPLY for Gas and Electric Assistance through the LIHEAP program.


*For assistance completing an application, please email NHS of Chicago at call 800-831-7949 to make an appointment with one of our Client Services Specialists.