The Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program helps suburban Cook County renters and landlords who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are eligible to receive up to 12 months of missed rent and utility payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments.


The application portal opens on Thursday, March 11, 2021, and Cook County will accept applications through April 2, 2021.

We are here to help north and northwest suburban Chicago residents with navigating the application process, access to computers and the internet, and questions about qualifications.

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To be eligible for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, you must:

  • Live in suburban Cook County and rent your home (Landlords may apply on behalf of tenants)

  • Lack access to other support (e.g., don’t live in public housing or receive rental assistance from other programs during the same time period)

  • Meet the annual household annual income requirements (see below)

  • Have proof of financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Covid-19 related financial hardships include: losing your income, working fewer hours, being furloughed, quitting your job because you are at high risk for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate, and losing work to stay home to care for a child.


Is your household income less than or equal to these income requirements?

Household size                               Income

1                                                        $51,000

2                                                       $58,250

3                                                       $65,550

4                                                       $72,800

5                                                       $78,650

6                                                       $84,450

7                                                        $90,300

8                                                       $96,100

If so, you may proceed with applying online. If you have any questions, or need our help with your application, please feel free to contact us for guidance.

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