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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Emergency Rental Assistance and Other COVID-19 Resources

Housing Assistance (JPG)

See fact sheet about Illinois Housing Development Authority assistance programs for renters and homeowners.

Illinois’ Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA)

Illinois’ Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide renters impacted by COVID-19 $5,000 for back rent and prepay through 2020, or until funds are exhausted. The application portal will be open from August 10 through Friday, August 28. Due to high volume, the portal may close early, so those who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Learn more here or visit (Please be aware that you may experience some technical difficulties. IHDA is aware of website issues and is working to fix them.)

Key requirements:

  • Household income must be at or below 80 percent of the area median before March 1, 2020. Details here.
  • Must have experienced income loss due to COVID-19, including reduced hours
  • Must have a written lease/contract and unpaid rent balance that began on or after March 1
  • Landlord MUST submit required documents for a complete application

Cook County’s COVID-19 Recovery: Rental Assistance Program

Cook County’s Rental Assistance Program helps suburban Cook County residents who are having difficulty paying their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It pays up to three months of overdue or future rent, and rental payments will be sent directly to landlords by the Housing Authority of Cook County. The application portal opens Monday, August 10 and closes on Tuesday, August 18.

Key Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Live in suburban Cook County and rent your home
  • Have past-due status on rental payments starting March 27
  • Not be a recipient of other rental assistance programs
  • Prove household income before March 27 was below the 80th percentile of the Area Median Income (AMI)

More information

Illinois’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA)

The Illinois Emergency Mortgage Assistance program will provide homeowners impacted by COVID-19 $15,000 for mortgage payment assistance. This program will begin accepting applications on Monday, August 24. Find out more here.

Key Requirements:

  • Your household income before March 1 was within the allowable limits
  • You, or an adult member of your household, suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19
  • You missed a mortgage on or after March 1

ComEd’s Customer-Assistance Package

ComEd has announced the availability of new and continued financial assistance options for customers affected by the pandemic, ranging from grants of up to $500 to more flexible payment options.

Assistance includes:

  • Extended suspension of disconnections
  • Bill assistance for eligible low-income customers
  • More flexible payment arrangements
  • Extended fee relief
  • Flexible payment options
  • CARE Financial Assistance Grants
  • Supplemental arrearage assistance

More information

Nicor Home Energy Assistance Program

More information

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income households pay for home energy services, including heating, gas, propane and electricity. LIHEAP income eligibility is up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Income eligible households may also submit a pre-application for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding that can help pay for rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities. CSBG income eligibility is also up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Fill out a pre-application online at More information.

Agencies Available to Assist Skokie Residents with Housing Assistance Applications

Center of Concern
1665 Elk Boulevard
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016

Connections for the Homeless
2121 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201

Northwest Compass, Inc.
1300 West Northwest Highway
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Open Communities
922 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201

For questions about housing assistance, please contact:
Skokie Human Services

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Housing Assistance to People Affected by COVID-19

See more information on the program - details below.

CVLS COVID Housing Relief Flyer (JGPG)

Niles Township Food Pantry Information Energy 

See information about the Niles Township Food Pantry resources.

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