Government

Funds available for Will County residents behind on rent, mortgage

Will County residents struggling to pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic can turn to a consortium of local agencies for assistance.

The county government is coordinating the effort among the four agencies in dispensing federal funds to help families in need, according to a news release.

The four agencies are the Will County Center for Community Concerns, the Spanish Community Center, Catholic Charities and the Community Service Council.

“Renters behind on rent should not wait to apply for funds,” Martha Sojka, the administrator for the Community Development Division in the Will County Land Use Department, said in the release.

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, said in the release the four agencies have been awarded more than $1 million via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to help those struggling with their rent, mortgage or utilities.

“The most important thing is to take that first step and call one of these participating agencies if you are one or more months behind on your rent, mortgage or utilities,” Bertino-Tarrant said in the release. “These are unprecedented times and these funds are there to help.”

Sojka recommended those seeking assistance should call one of the agencies to determine their eligibility. Each agency has different criteria and requires different supporting documents, depending on the federal funds it has received.

She added that households only need to call one of the participating agencies to apply. Funds are available for those at least one month behind on rent.

For help, call the Center for Community Concerns at 815-722-0722, the Spanish Community Center at 815-727-3683, Catholic Charities at 815-774-4663 and Community Service Council at 815-886-5000.

Renters having difficulty working with their landlords and facing eviction are also encouraged to contact Prairie State Legal at 815-727-5123.

For more information on getting assistance, visit willcountylanduse.com.