Has COVID-19 made it difficult for you to pay rent or utilities? 


Cook County is offering Emergency Rental Assistance to landlords and tenants in suburban Cook County to pay rent and/or utility bills. Residents in all municipalities in suburban Cook County are eligible for this program. The unit must be in suburban Cook County.

We are here to help you with the application process. Contact us if you have questions about the program, qualifications, or application process. 


You can apply for rental assistance even if you received it in the past as long as you are not receiving rental assistance from another source during the same period. If you received Cook County rental assistance, you are eligible for additional funds until you the maximum of 18 months of assistance. You will need to reaffirm your personal information such as address, rental arrangement, income criteria, and financial hardship status during the pandemic.

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  1. Are you a renter or landlord in suburban Cook County?

  2. Have you experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  3. Do you have a current or future obligation to pay rent, utilities, and/or other housing-related expenses?

  4. Is your annual household income at or below these requirements?


Household Size/ Income

1​ - $52,200

2 - $59,650

3 - $67,100

4 - $74,550

5 - $80,550

6 - $86,500

7 - $92,450

8 - $98,450


If you answered yes to all four questions, you are eligible to apply for up to 18 months of total assistance.



Download the renter checklist 

Download the landlord checklist



The Application Portal opens to the public: October 4th

The application window closes: October 29th

To apply click HERE.

Note - City of Chicago residents are not eligible for this program. The City of Chicago has its own rental assistance program.

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