COVID-19: COVID Rental Assistance

COVID-19: Information for Renters

Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Programs and other resources for tenants affected by COVID-19.




COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance

Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) and Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) Programs

The application periods for the Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) program and the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) closed as of June 30, 2022. If you need assistance related to these programs, please contact our Emergency Assistance Coordinator, Toni Martinez, at or by calling 847-263-7478 ext 30.

Illinois Supreme Court-Based Rental Assistance Program (CBRAP)

The Illinois Supreme Court launched CBRAP for residents in eviction court who, in 2020, earned less than the income limits posted below. Tenants must be in a court-eviction proceeding and provide eviction court documentation. Tenants must have experienced a financial hardship (directly or indirectly) due to COVID-19 and must be behind on rent and/or at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Proof of citizenship is NOT required. Applicants may qualify for up to 15 months of past due rent and 3 months of future rent. As a condition for receiving rental assistance, landlords must agree not to evict the tenant for nonpayment of the rent that is repaid. Program details and the application are available at and in the Program Toolkit. Questions about the program can be directed to (866) ILHELP1 or .

CBRAP Program Income Limits

Household Size
80% AMI

Tips for Renters

  • If your income decreased as a result of COVID-19 and you currently receive a housing voucher or project-based housing subsidy, contact the program administrator right away to request an interim income re-certification to lower your rent contribution. Here is a sample letter requesting an interim re certification.
  • Contact your landlord early and often if you know that you will have trouble paying rent due to COVID-19. Here is a sample letter. Keep all communication with your landlord in writing whenever possible, especially any agreement to reduce or defer rent because of COVID-19.
  • Avoid cash payments without receipts.
  • Develop a realistic budget and attempt to develop a repayment plan with your landlord. CPAH’s HUD-Certified Housing Counselors offers free financial counseling and can help you with “Crisis Budgeting.”
  • When speaking with your landlord, utility companies and other lenders, consider asking the following questions:
    • When will you expect me to repay my missed payments?
    • Are payment plans available?
    • What fines and fees will I be subject to?
    • Will my outstanding balance accrue interest?
  • If you’ve lost employment income, you can file for unemployment benefits at the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)