COVID-19 RESOURCES

How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Cook County Vaccine Appointments

Everyone 5 years or older is not eligible to receive a COVID Vaccine. Those 18 years or older should look into getting a booster shot.

Zocdoc.com 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.

 

Rental Assistance Programs

City of Chicago Rent Assistance

The application period for the City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will be open for tenants and landlords starting Monday, December 6, 2021, through Saturday, December 18, 2021. 

This round of grant assistance will provide up to $2,500 per month for up to 15 months of past due rent and utility payments and three months of future rent and utility payments for eligible tenants and landlords. 

Click here to check your eligiblity and apply!

]Illinois Rental Payment Program

The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) provides financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a renter in Illinois and are behind on rent due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments.

Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance.

Click here to check your eligiblity and apply!

 

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

The eviction moratorium ended on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have options. If you are worried about remaining in your home because you have been unable to pay rent: 

  • Don't Self-Evict - If you get an eviction notice, know that only the Sheriff can carry out an eviction. It is illegal for your landlord to try to remove you from your home. 

  • Get Legal Help - Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt is a free resource to help landlords and tenants resolve housing and debt issues. Visit cookcountylegalaid.org or call 855.956.5763. Legal support for tenants is also available at rentervention.com or text "hi" to 866.773.6837

  • Get Financial Help – Go to chicago.gov/renthelp for information on how to apply for up to 15 months of rental assistance. 

For more information visit the City of Chicago website: 

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/doh/provdrs/renters/svcs/eviction-and-lockout-resources.html

Seal Your Eviction Record

Rentervention.com is an online tool that will help you start your motion to seal your eviction record. To start your motion on rentervention you will need:

  • Plaintiff's (Landlord's) Name

  • Defendant's (Tenant's) Name

  • Case Number

  • Courtroom

  • Date Filed

  • Date Concluded

  • Outcome of case

If you need to find the information from your case, you can go to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County here.  If your case is not in cook county, you will have to google the electronic docket for the county the eviction was filed in or call the Clerk of the Court to learn how to get the information you need.

 

Utility Assistance

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Legal Resources

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  • 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.

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Protecting Immigrant Families

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  • 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.​

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Helping Homeowners & Renters

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  • 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.

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Housing Providers & Managers

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Service Providers - Homelessness

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  • 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.

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General Housing & Human Service

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  • 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.

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