Cook County Tenants Can Apply For Rent-Assistance Grants

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Qualifying renters in suburban Cook County can soon begin applying for rental-assistance grants of up to $4,500.

Cook County government has allocated $20 million in federal funds for the “recovery rental assistance” program, which is geared toward families whose finances have been depleted by the pandemic.

“We know that renters are facing severe challenges making ends meet due to the pandemic. We also know that the pandemic is far from over,” Cook County President  Toni Preckwinkle said Friday in a news release.

Households that meet income guidelines can get one to three months of overdue or future rent paid. The money is paid directly to landlords and is capped at $4,500 per recipient.

The application period opens on August 10 and will close on August 18. County officials describe the awards as a “lottery style” system and says the program will partly focus on residents of economically distressed areas.

The Cook County eviction moratorium ends on Aug. 22.

Residents can review their eligibility and apply for rental assistance online.