Chicago Housing Solidarity Pledge

Mayor Lightfoot, Commissioner Marisa Novara, leading lenders and landlord associations in April 2020 announced the Chicago Housing Solidarity pledge, an effort to provide relief to beleaguered tenants and building owners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pledge affirms lenders and landlords may offer eligible renters and mortgage holders deferred payment agreements and other financial relief in response to the economic fallout of COVID-19 and continuing after the pandemic.

The following organizations have committed to the Chicago Housing Solidarity Pledge:

  • Bank of America
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Byline Bank
  • CIBC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Eagle Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Northern Trust
  • PNC
  • US Bank
  • Wintrust Bank
  • Second Federal Credit Union
  • Seaway Credit Union
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)
  • Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA)
  • Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance (NBOA)
  • Chicago Association of REALTORS

Housing Pledge

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The Chicago Solidarity Pledge and the coalition of lenders and landlords Mayor Lightfoot has brought together is the latest housing relief effort as part of the City's comprehensive response to COVID-19. The City put forward an emergency support package to stabilize existing affordable housing developments across the city to provide low-income families security during and after the pandemic. And in March, the Department of Housing (DOH) initiated the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program to provide 2,000 low-income Chicago households relief on rent and mortgage payments. 

DOH received 83,000 applications for the one-time $1,000 cash grants, demonstrating the tremendous needs across the city. The department is working to find additional resources for a second round of funding.

To sign the pledge, please write to the Department of Housing at COVID.Housing.1@cityofchicago.org.

Additionally, DOH suggests that landlords and tenants who are having difficulty reaching a compromise to avoid eviction use the mediation services of the Center for Conflict Resolution, which has more than 40 years of experience mediating landlord-tenant disputes referred from court. This is an excellent option to come to a mutually beneficial resolution now, before the courts have reopened. For more information, visit www.ccrchicago.org.

For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015 or email coronavirus@chicago.gov.

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