Illinois Rental Payment Program providing up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance launches May 17- June 6


Housing Provider Initiated Rental Assistance Program opens for applications on May 17 at 9:00 a.m. – June 6 at 11:59 p.m. at


Rock Island, IL- The Illinois Housing Development Authority is launching the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) providing up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance for Illinois rental tenants that are at least 30 days behind on their rent. The Housing provider and tenants can submit a joint application May 17- June 6 at


Eligible households may receive up to 15 months of rental assistance from past due rent owed from June 2020 and up to 3 months future rent through August 2021. The grant assistance is paid directly to the housing provider. A joint application submitted initiated by the housing provider may be completed at Once the application has been initiated by the housing provider, tenants will receive email notification to complete their respective section. Applications are only accepted online and will be considered complete only when both the housing provider and tenant information is completed within the online application portal.  

Priority will be given to households with a member who is currently unemployed and households that earn below 50% of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. 

Once an application has been submitted, tenants and housing providers may track their application status at A submitted application is not a guarantee of assistance. 


ILRPP Eligibility Requirements:

  • A household must have experienced a financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the pandemic.
  • Household is behind on rent at least 30 days past due and/or is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • 2020 household income was below 80% of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size (see GROWTH website for 80% AMI detail)
  • Proof of citizenship is not required. Rental assistance is not a “public-charge” benefit 

Housing Providers: Required Documentation

  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of unpaid rent
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification
  • Number (ITIN)
  • Employer Identification
  • Number (EIN), if applicable
  • Rental lease, if available
  • Valid tenant email address

Tenants: Required Documentation 

  • Tenant & household information
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of household income
  • Rent details and amount past due
  • Proof of public assistance, if applicable
  • Valid email address

Application Assistance


Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) is serving as a Housing Stability Service Provider for ILRPP and is available to assist housing providers and tenants with any questions or assistance with the online application. GROWTH has a dedicated application intake center equipped with laptops and internet connection to assist in the application process. The application intake center is in the McKesson Lofts Building at 100 19th Street, Suite 104 in downtown Rock Island, IL.

GROWTH is serving multiple counties with the ILRPP which include: Rock Island County, Mercer County, Whiteside County, Carroll County, Jo Daviess County, Ogle County, and Sangamon County. Any housing provider or tenant living within these counties can call GROWTH for assistance. GROWTH will be traveling to each county based on application demand to assist housing providers and tenants. 

GROWTH will be accepting appointments following COVID protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines. To schedule an appointment, please call (309) 788-6311 or toll free at (855) 788-6311. Appointments are being accepted Monday- Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m. and extended hours may become available based on demand, including after hours and weekends as necessary. 

As a HUD- approved housing counseling agency, GROWTH employs 4 HUD-certified housing counselors that will work to assist both housing providers and tenants with their required sections to achieve a successful application submission.



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