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Pritzker says eviction moratorium to be phased out in August as rent relief program announced

Monday, May 17, 2021 - Posted by Rich Miller

* CBS 2

Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday he will be phasing out the statewide moratorium on evictions by August, as he announced the launch of a $1.5 billion rental relief program for Illinois.

“We will work with our partners to bring an end to the eviction moratorium in August, with a gradual phase out over the next few months, with more details to come,” Pritzker said. […]

Pritzker said the new program is approximately four times larger than the rental relief program Illinois launched last year during the pandemic, which provided assistance to nearly 36,000 renters in the Chicago area alone.

The governor said more than 120,000 renters could see relief through the new program.

* NBOA…

Earlier today Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide rental assistance program. The following statement can be attributed to Michael Glasser, President of the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA), which represents Chicago’s smaller to medium sized housing providers (also known as landlords).

“We salute the Governor and the General Assembly on this much needed legislation for Emergency Rental Assistance. After such a challenging year when many tenants were unable to pay rent, this program will help to stabilize neighborhood housing, and stem the mounting disinvestment in many neighborhoods.”

This post will likely be updated.

…Adding… Press release excerpts…

After leading the nation in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in ensuring the state’s most vulnerable residents had a roof over their head, Governor JB Pritzker today announced that applications for the second round of rental assistance funding are now available to help Illinois residents who have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic. The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) will deploy multiple rounds of funding totaling $1.1 billion dollars to Illinois renters and landlords in an effort to prevent evictions. An additional $400 million in rental assistance will be provided by larger municipalities. The state will also be standing up a separate program to support homeowners with $400 million in mortgage assistance.

Governor Pritzker also signed HB 2877 into law establishing a new structure to efficiently distribute rental assistance to Illinois residents and provide for sealing of eviction records until August 1, 2022. […]

HB 2877

HB 2877 creates the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act, providing additional protections for renters and homeowners and establishing an even stronger framework for rental assistance programs. Signing HB 2877 reaffirms the Pritzker administration and General Assembly’s commitment to housing stability, as it creates a program to effectively administer rental assistance to struggling household and temporarily enhances eviction sealing and foreclosure protections.

“Families suffering from financial hardship should not have to worry about losing their homes. I’m proud to have taken action, with my colleagues in the General Assembly, preventing evictions and providing funding for the rent assistance working families need. Legislation like House Bill 2877 will give people experiencing housing distress the means to keep a roof over their heads as they seek better opportunities as the economy recovers from the pandemic,” said Majority Caucus Whip Omar Aquino (D-Chicago).

“It is critical that vulnerable households have the resources and support they need to stay in their homes as we recover from this pandemic, and I am working hard in Springfield to ensure this aid is available to those most in need,” said Assistant Majority Leader Delia Ramirez (D-Chicago). “I encourage those who have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 to speak with their landlord and apply today.”

“We salute the Governor and the General Assembly on this much needed legislation for Emergency Rental Assistance. After such a challenging year when many tenants were unable to pay rent, this program will help to stabilize neighborhood housing, and stem the mounting disinvestment in many neighborhoods,” said Michael Glasser, President of the Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance.

HB 2877 is effective immediately.

Illinois Rental Payment Program

The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) will provide direct funding to support Illinois tenants unable to pay their rent due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Approved applicants will receive one-time grants of up to $25,000 paid directly to their landlords to cover missed rent payments as far back as June 2020 and prepay payments through August 2021, or until the $25,000 is exhausted, whichever comes first. Applications for ILRPP will be accepted Monday, May 17 through Monday, June 7. Interested residents can apply online at: ILRPP.IHDA.org.

“The Illinois Housing Development Authority has a proven track record of helping keep families safe and sheltered as COVID-19 continues to impact our state. In 2020, IHDA assisted over 56,000 families to ensure that they had the resources and support they needed to stay in their homes,” said IHDA Executive Director Kristin Faust. “I thank Governor Pritzker for entrusting IHDA with this additional funding, and I encourage those who have seen their income decline as a result of COVID-19 to visit our application portal and apply to the Illinois Rental Payment Program today.”

Tenant eligibility requirements:

    Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the pandemic.
    2020 household income was below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
    The household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence.
    Household must have an unpaid rent balance.
    Priority will be given to households earning less than 50% of AMI and to households with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days.

[…] To assist low-income families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, last year Governor Pritzker announced the Help Illinois Families program, aimed at providing emergency relief on household costs through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs. To date, more than 260,000 households have received $280 million in benefits through the CSBG and LIHEAP programs, which includes the Utility Disconnection Avoidance Program (UDAP) funds directly credited to customer accounts in threat of imminent disconnection. There is $30 million in LIHEAP funding still available for new clients through the end of the current program year which ends May 31, 2021. A new program year will begin September 1, 2021, and residents qualifying for LIHEAP will have access to additional funds provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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5 Comments
  1. - Chuck Button - Monday, May 17, 21 @ 11:46 am:

    This is what leadership looks like. Thank you to the Pritzker administration. A lot of people in need — landlords and tenants alike — will be breathing a huge sigh of relief from this announcement.


  2. - Loop Lady - Monday, May 17, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    This is a tough call…

    Landlords have probably been eating it for awhile,
    especially if they have not taken advantage of the relief
    programs…

    The rubber is meeting the road very soon…


  3. - Illiniwack - Monday, May 17, 21 @ 1:56 pm:

    Too bad the appellate court still hasn’t ruled on the legality of this. It’s been, what, ten months?


  4. - Franklin - Monday, May 17, 21 @ 2:29 pm:

    The federal money won’t cover nearly enough renters. Their debt will continue to compound. Sealing court records related to evictions hides judgement from new landlords but it doesn’t erase the burden of debt or the post judgement interest rate. Winners and losers will be chosen in this process.


  5. - Unconventionalwisdom - Monday, May 17, 21 @ 2:47 pm:

    Ok, the rent money has been authorized and will be spent.

    The President keeps talking about the strong economy. If so, there seems to be no need for it in the future. Otherwise, this may well fall in to the category of ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’


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