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CHICAGO– Today, the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) announced a re-opening of the online application for its Rental Assistance Program (RAP) from November 2-15 at Chicago.gov/fss/RAP. RAP is a DFSS homeless prevention initiative that offers up to six months of support – including payment of rent and rent arrears – for eligible households that are at immediate risk of eviction.
“COVID-19 continues to impact families in Chicago, leaving many renters behind in their rent payments. Helping families stay in their existing home is a top priority for this administration,” said DFSS Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler. “This year, because of the pandemic, we have taken steps to make it easier for residents to apply and have moved our process online. By doing so, we hope to reach more households, raise overall awareness of the RAP program and prevent homelessness this winter for as many families as we can.”
To be eligible for RAP, households must currently reside in a rental unit and have experienced a documented crisis or emergency within the last 90 days, such as: