COVID-19 Rental Assistance

COVID-19 Rental Assistance









 

Lake County Rental Assistance (LCRA)

Lake County’s Rental Assistance program can provide up to 6 months (including assistance from past programs such as FERA) of rental assistance to renters who have faced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period for the Lake County Rental Assistance program is from October 11-November 15, 2022. To be eligible:

  • Must pay rent in Lake County, IL
  • Must have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic (job loss, furlough, reduced hours due to school closures, unexpected medical or other expenses)
  • Must be at risk of homelessness or housing instability
  • Household income must be below 80% AMI (see chart below)

Visit lakecountyil.gov/renthelp to apply and for more information. If you need assistance with the application, contact one of our Housing Assistance Coordinators.

Millie Centurion
847-263-7478 Ext. 29
mcenturion@cpahousing.org

Toni Martinez
847-263-7478 Ext. 30
tmartinez@cpahousing.org.

 

Illinois Court-Based Rental Assistance Program (CBRAP) and Lake County Eviction Prevention Program (LCEPP)

CBRAP and LCEEP are for residents in eviction court (with an assigned case number) who suffered financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tenants must be in a court-eviction proceeding and provide eviction court documentation. Proof of citizenship is NOT required. To determine which program is best for you, contact one of our Housing Assistance Coordinators.

Millie Centurion
847-263-7478 Ext. 29
mcenturion@cpahousing.org

Toni Martinez
847-263-7478 Ext. 30
tmartinez@cpahousing.org.

Rental Assistance Program Income Limits

Household Size
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
80% AMI
$58,350
$66,700
$75,050
$83,350
$90,050
$96,700
$103,400
$110,050

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)