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Kane residents, landlords eligible to receive rental assistance

GENEVA – Kane County residents and landlords can now apply for emergency rental assistance program can support those who are unable to pay rent because of financial impacts of the pandemic.

According to a news release, housing providers/landlords who have rental units in Kane County may initiate a joint application with their tenants starting Monday, May 17 through Monday, June 7. Tenants will have until Monday, June 14 to complete their portion of a landlord-initiated application. The application site is now open for applications.

“This is truly a win-win,” Pierog stated in the release. “It’s a unique opportunity for tenants who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and need assistance with their rent, and it’s a way for landlords in Kane County to recoup some of the revenue lost during these difficult times.”

The program is a joint venture between Kane County, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the state’s housing finance agency.

Visit the Kane County Government homepage for details about the 2021 Illinois Rental Assistance Program.

Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment Director Scott Berger said renters and landlords must work together to achieve the best possible result, the release stated.

“IHDA’s application process begins with the landlord completing an online form, and then concludes with the tenant providing additional information,” he stated. “It’s important that the two parties coordinate their efforts to ensure a smooth submission and approval process.”

According to the release, Berger estimates that Kane County has more than 45,000 renter-occupied housing units.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Illinois Department of Human Services will deploy $665 million in federal funds through the Illinois Rental Payment Program and other assistance programs to Illinois renters and landlords in an effort to prevent evictions, the release stated.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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