For Renters

The Department of Housing does not own or maintain any residences, however, staff does offer a series of services and resources that can help renters find affordable homes and resolve issues with landlords.

For more information, contact 312.744.0281.

Affordable Rental Housing Resource List

Affordable rental housing plays an important role in meeting the housing needs of low-income Chicagoans, and the Department of Housing maintains a list of existing affordable developments.

Area Median Income (AMI) Chart

A list of Area Median Incomes (AMIs) as required by certain federal, state and local laws, which place restrictions on the income of households assisted through various Department of Housing programs.

Chicago Renting Right

The City of Chicago, in partnership with tenant and landlord organizations, has formed the Renters' Rights campaign to educate Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

ERAP assists households who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep Chicago Renting

The Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance helps protect renters in foreclosed properties.

Know Your Rights: Eviction and Lockout Resources

The Department of Housing maintains information and resources to help renters at risk of eviction and tenants that are facing a lockout by their landlord.

Know Your Rights: Fair Notice Ordinance

The Fair Notice Ordinance creates new rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords to give Chicago renters more stability in their homes.

Know Your Rights: Residential Tenant Lockout

A “lockout” has occurred any time a landlord does or threatens to take one of several actions with regard to a residential tenant’s home or apartment.

Technical Assistance Citywide (TACIT)

These agencies provide training and technical assistance, regarding Fair Housing compliance, property management, rental issues and Co-op/Condo options, to non-profits in low-moderate income areas.

Technical Assistance Community (TACOM)

Technical Assistance-Community (TACOM, formerly known as Housing Resource Center or HRC) agencies provide housing-related information, problem solving, community events, workshops and housing fairs to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners.

Additional Resources

Credit Restoration Counseling
Spanish Coalition for Housing

Rental Counseling
Northwest Side Housing Center

Chicago Urban League

Spanish Coalition for Housing

Rental Search Assistance
Far South CDC (formerly Genesis Housing Dev. Corp.)

Housing 101 Presentation

Download the English Housing 101 Presentation

Download the Spanish Housing 101 Presentation



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