Economic Growth Corp. available to help people apply for rent payment assistance in Illinois

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is opening its brand new rental assistance program, Illinois Rental Payment Program 2.0, on Monday, December 6. Requests are directed to both housing providers / landlords and tenants, available until January 9, 2022.

To apply for the Rent Payment Program, housing providers / landlords and tenants can begin the application process at All applicants must have an active and accessible email account before applying. Housing providers / landlords and tenants can apply simultaneously.

Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) serves as a housing stability service provider in partnership with IHDA to assist applicants. GROWTH is equipped with internet, laptops and a printer to make it easier to apply for those who need it.

GROWTH serves the counties of: Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Sangamon, and will visit communities in this service area as needed.

GROWTH is available by appointment for those who need help with their application. Appointments can be made by calling 309-788-6311 or visiting

The program offers direct funding to support tenants in Illinois unable to pay their rent due to loss of income from COVID-19. Approved applicants will receive one-time grants of up to $ 25,000 paid directly to their landlords on their behalf (payment matches tenant needs, not fixed).

If the landlord chooses not to participate in the program, tenants can receive payments directly. In this application cycle, assistance will cover up to 18 months of emergency rent payments, including up to 15 months of missed payments and up to three months of future rent payments. Rents due from June 2020 to April 2022 can be paid with ILRPP funds.

Priority will be given to households earning less than 50% of the zone’s median income and to households in which one or more members have been unemployed for at least 90 days. Tenant eligibility conditions:

â–ª The household lives in Illinois and rents their house as their primary residence.

â–ª The household must have experienced financial difficulties directly or indirectly as a result of the pandemic.

â–ª Household income is less than 80% of the area’s median income (AMI), adjusted for household size.

â–ª The household must have an unpaid rent balance.

▪ Proof of citizenship is not required. Rent assistance is not a “public charge” benefit.

â–ª Tenants residing in state or federal subsidized housing are eligible.

More information, including a ‘how to apply’ video, is available at: and more information and updates will be available at

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