Houses

Lake County Rental Assistance Program

The Lake County Rental Assistance Program provides rent assistance for renters who faced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Currently, the application period is closed. 
If you applied for the program from Oct. 11 – Nov. 15, you will receive a status update from one of the providers by the end of the year.

Please note: Lake County Rental Assistance Program providers will never ask for payment or fees associated with your application.

English Flyer

If you pay rent in Lake County and have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can get help paying your rent.

 View the informational flyer!

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 If you have questions or need help filling out an application, call 211, text your zip code to 898211 or visit 211lakecounty.org.

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Para folleto Español, oprima aqui.


Do You Need Help Paying Your Rent?

Are you unable to afford your housing costs in Lake County because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? If so, you can get help paying your rent.

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for help:

  • You must pay rent in Lake County, Illinois
  • You must be at risk of homelessness or housing instability
  • You must have had a financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic (job loss, furlough, increased utility bills, unexpected medical bills or other expenses)
  • Your household must have a current annual household income below the following amounts:

    • 1 Person Household: $58,350    
    • 2 Person Household: $66,700
    • 3 Person Household: $75,050
    • 4 Person Household: $83,350
    • 5 Person Household: $90,050
    • 6 Person Household: $96,700
    • 7 Person Household: $103,400
    • 8 Person Household: $110,050

What Counts as a COVID-Related Financial Hardship?

  • If you or someone in your household was laid-off, furloughed, or had hours cut at work
  • If you or someone in your household had to work fewer hours or quit to stay home to care for a child
  • If you or someone in your household incurred significant costs due to COVID-19, such as medical bills
  • There may be other circumstances that count as well - call 211 if you have questions about your eligibility


What Counts as being “At Risk of Homelessness or Housing Instability”?

  • If you have a past-due rent or utility notice
  • If you have an eviction notice
  • If your household had to move in with another household temporarily because you couldn’t afford rent in your home
  • If you are currently homeless, such as staying at a shelter
  • There may be other circumstances that count as well - call 211 if you have questions about your eligibility

 

Who Can I Contact to Apply?

You can fill out the application online from Oct. 11 - Nov. 15, 2022. If you have questions or need help with your application, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 for more information and to be connected to a referral agency that can help. 

You will need to fill out an application and provide evidence of your income and expenses. If you are approved, the money will be sent to your landlord.


Additional Information for Landlords:

Landlords, if your tenant may benefit from this program, please forward them a flyer (English Flyer) (Spanish Flyer), direct them to this website, or let them know they can call 211 or text their zip code to 898211. You will need to fill out a form online as part of your tenant's application. Once approved, the LCRA provider will pay you directly.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

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