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Will County renters, landlords can apply for rental assistance starting Monday

Applicants can receive up to $25,000 of state assistance

Will County residents and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have another opportunity to apply for up to $25,000 of rental assistance starting on Monday.

Those who haven’t received help yet can apply through the Illinois Rental Payment Program starting Monday through Jan. 9, according to a news release. The program already has provided more than $23 million to renters and landlords in Will County throughout the pandemic.

“I am pleased that we are able to open a new application window to help families who are still in need of assistance and provide landlords relief from past due rent,” Will County Executive Jennnifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, said in a statement.

Applicants are eligible for up to 18 months of assistance. The grant can cover past due rent from the past 15 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.

Rent owed from June 2020 through April 2022 may be paid with ILRPP funds.

The maximum grant amount is $25,000. Payments are made directly to the landlord.

Tenants and landlords can find out more information about jointly applying and eligibility requirements for the funding at willcountyillinois.org.

Will County is working with local agencies to assist residents with the application process. Those in need of assistance can email:

• South Suburban Housing Center in Homewood at southsuburbanhousingcenter.org.

• Holsten Human Capital Development in Joliet at hhcd.org.

• Spanish Community Center in Joliet at spanishcenter.org.

• Will County Center for Community Concerns in Joliet at wcccc.net.