On July 27, 2020, the City of Chicago launched the Chicago Housing Assistance Portal and announced more than $33 million of relief for renters and property owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chicago Housing Assistance Portal is available at Chi.gov/housinghelp and serves as a tool to match residents with the rental or mortgage assistance program that will best meet their need. After completing an inquiry survey, residents will be routed to one of the following:
- DFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
- DOH COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program
- DOH Mortgage Assistance Program
- Illinois Housing Development Authority Statewide Housing Assistance
Those financially impacted the hardest will be eligible for Chicago Housing Assistance grant funding that has been set aside for the lowest earners.
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) streamlined the RAP Process by translating the paper application process into an online application portal. The portal will be open for 10 days which started on July 27, 2020 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 10, 2020.
Click here for the Rental Assistance Program flyer which lists the link on how to access the RAP applications.
Click here for an FAQ which provides basic questions and answers that relates to the RAP Program and its process.