Free Legal Assistance for Eligible Cook County Residents

Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt is offering free legal help for eligible Cook County residents who are dealing with evictions or unresolved debt issues. Assistance is available to those who qualify through the Early Resolution Program. Call the CCLAHD hotline at 855-956-5763 to learn how you can get help resolving your housing and debt problems. All services are available at no cost to Cook County residents and property owners regardless of income, language, or immigration status. The hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program

The Illinois Housing Development Authority will reopen the Illinois Rental Payment Program on Monday, Dec. 6. While the date for the program reopening is now delayed, money from this round will still be start flowing to approved Illinoisans before the end of the year as originally scheduled.

IHDA is continuously learning from previous application rounds and striving to improve the application process to ensure the funds can quickly get to landlords and tenants who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Applications will now be accepted from Monday, Dec. 6 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 9 at

If you are a tenant or a landlord and have applied to receive ILRPP assistance during the May-July 2021 application periods, you can check the status of your application at For other questions about ILRPP, please call (866) 454-3571.