Suburban Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance

Do you live in Suburban Cook County and need help paying rent and utilities due to COVID-19?

The Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program pays up to 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Applications open now until April 9, 2021.


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How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Cook County Vaccine Appointments

If you are in the State or City's current phase (1b) to receive a vaccine, you can check with: will help you determine if you're eligible and where you can find a vaccine. 

How do I know if the COVID Vaccine is right for me?

With the increase of available and different COVID-19 vaccines, there may be hesitation with making an appointment. Housing Choice Partners does not advocate for any individual to make a decision they are not comfortable with. We acknowledge the fears and unknowns of the vaccine specifically as it relates to the racist history of medicine, especially within Black communities. Below you will find some information on the current available vaccines. Read more on the information circling around the COVID vaccine to make sure you have the most up-to-date information here.


Job Resources

Looking for a job during the pandemic?

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training and Placement Program, in partnership with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, can help you get back to work and find new careers.  Apply by clicking here or call them at 1-800-720-2515.


Protections Against Evictions in Illinois

Chicago Eviction Ordinance

Illinois Eviction Moratorium

Governor Pritzker has extended the eviction moratorium in Illinois through May 1, 2021. You can read the Executive Order here. This prevents law enforcement from carrying out eviction and foreclosures and restricts the filing of eviction cases solely for nonpayment. The Executive Order does not relieve any individual or entity from the obligation to pay rent or comply with any other obligation they might have pursuant to a lease or rental agreement. 

Under the new Executive Order, tenants must complete this declaration and provide it to their landlord to protect themselves from eviction. Illinois Eviction Moratorium FAQ.

National Federal Eviction Moratorium

federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is in effect until June 30, 2021

To be protected, qualified renters facing eviction should provide a signed declaration to their landlords. For more details about the moratorium and a sample declaration that renters can use, read NLIHC’s and NHLP’s Overview of National Eviction Moratorium and NLIHC’s National Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters [Español].

Declaration form:  Arabic | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Creole | English | Hmong Somali | Spanish  | Tagalog  | Vietnamese


Utility Assistance




Legal Resources



  • Executive Order Expanding Moratorium on Evictions in Illinois

    • Eviction cases can still be filed if the tenant poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation. The Executive Order does not relieve any individual or entity from the obligation to pay rent or comply with any other obligation they might have pursuant to a lease or rental agreement. The order has been re-issued in its entirety and extended through December 12. 

  • Illinois Court System

    • Includes information for Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and county circuit courts.

  • Illinois Legal Aid Online: Legal Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    • Legal resources related to housing, work, court proceedings, health care, public benefits, and more.



Protecting Immigrant Families



  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Community Resources

  • Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois

    • PIF-IL has developed guidance in English and in Spanish to help enrollment assisters answer questions community members may have about possible public charge consequences due to accessing specific public benefits and programs during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Illinois Welcoming Center 

    • A comprehensive service center for the integration of immigrants and refugees in Illinois. IDHS will dedicate $38 million in pandemic-related emergency programs and direct assistance to Illinois immigrants, refugees, and limited English Proficient individuals who are facing unemployment, loss of income, medical costs, and food and housing insecurity as a direct result of COVID-19. COVID Family Support Project cash assistance – Click here to check your eligibility. COVID Housing and Utility Assistance program – Click here to find an organization that can provide assistance in applying for housing and utility assistance.​



Helping Homeowners & Renters


  • HIV Resource Hub + COVID-19 Financial Assistance

    • The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted can help with emergency financial assistance (rent, utility payments) for people who are living with HIV and who are HIV-negative and taking PrEP, as well as connect people with case management, medical care, food, and more.


  • IDFPR, Banks, and Advocacy Groups Work Together to Help to Unbanked Cash Stimulus Checks

    • New options for unbanked Illinoisans seeking to cash their stimulus checks without incurring check-cashing fees. A number of banking institutions (including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Fifth Third, and First Midwest, and others), will work with non-customers on cashing their stimulus checks for free.

  • Get My Payment Illinois

    • A straightforward website that pulls together clear information to help Illinoisans get their stimulus payments and answer related questions. Includes resources to help nonprofits spread the word. Created by a nonprofit coalition.

  • Illinois Department of Insurance: Suspension of Cancellation, Non-renewal, and Premium Payment for Home and Other Insurance Policies

  • State of Illinois Economic Assistance

    • Information and updates on unemployment assistance, utility relief, food access, loans for small businesses, and the process of filing a federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage.

  • Farmworker & Landscape Advocacy Project COVID-19 Cash Assistance

    • FLAP is Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project is providing a one-time $500 cash assistance for those financially affected by COVID-19. Those employed in the landscaping, snow plowing, packing, cannery, farms, nursery, greenhouse, and meat and poultry industries and experiencing financial hardship due to the effort to contain COVID-19 are eligible for this assistance. To apply for this cash assistance program, send a phone number, valid ID with current address, paystub, and explanation of what you do at work to

  • Telehealth Support for Housing Counselors in Illinois

    • The Community Service Council, a member and Intermediary Affiliate of Housing Action Illinois, is offering professional clinical counseling to help housing counselors deal with anxiety, stress, and other related issues during this uncertain time. To make an appointment for a virtual session call (815) 886-5000.



Housing Providers & Managers




Service Providers - Homelessness



  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Message to Homeless Service Providers

    • On March 20, IDHS announced that they will be making $6 million available for isolation housing for people experiencing homelessness through local CoCs, as well as increasing homeless service providers’ funding by 5% to increase capacity.

  • Expansion of Services for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Survivors

    • On April 2, the Illinois Department of Human Services announced a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan creates a one-stop access point for shelter needs. 

  • The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program

    • Gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.

  • The Homeless Prevention Program

    • Provides rental/mortgage assistance and utility assistance to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness or are currently homeless. The program is designed to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time that individuals and families stay in shelters, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.



General Housing & Human Service


  • Help Illinois Families Initiative

    • A new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Building on the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, the State’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) budget authorizes an expansion of the LIHEAP and CSBG programs for eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.  

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority COVID-19 Housing Resources

    • Information on homeownership and rental assistance, multifamily finance updates, and asset management.

  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)

  • Your Rights to Housing and Public Benefits After Leaving Illinois State Prisons

    • This resource from Shriver Center explains access to benefits such as public housing, Section 8, medical benefits, SNAP (food assistance), TANF (cash assistance), and guidelines around state IDs after an individual has left an Illinois prison.

  • Call4Calm Emotional Support Line

    • IDHS’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. To speak with a mental health professional, text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.


General Resources



National & Global


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