Rental Assistance

Rent and rent arrears payment is available for individuals and families that are at risk of becoming homeless.  Property owners must agree to participate in the program and cannot be a relative of the applicant or live in the household of the applicant. In addition, eligible applicants must demonstrate an ability to meet rent payments after assistance has been granted – based on the applicant’s current or anticipated income.

In order to be eligible, the household must have experienced a documented crisis or emergency within the last 90 days:

  • Temporary loss of income
  • Fire or flood
  • Court order to vacate (foreclosure or eviction)
  • Domestic violence

Click here to apply for Rental Assistance

Applications will be accepted starting 

Monday July, 27, 2020 - 10:00 am through Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:59 pm

The DFSS Rental Assistance Program obtains its funds from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). The program is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Please note all requirements are subject to change and this page will be updated as regulations and requirements are revised.

If you are a person living with HIV, specific resources are available for you by calling the HIV Resource Coordination Hub at 1-844-HUB-4040.

To view a tutorial on the program guidelines and how to submit an application click on the link below:

Rental Assistance Webinar

For more information on the Rental Assistance Program, please use the links below:

Rental Assistance Program FAQ'S

Rental Assistance Program Description
REQUIRED for review

To download the required application forms, please use the following links below:

Property Owner/Management Company Participation Agreement
REQUIRED for application

Property Manager Affidavit
REQUIRED for Property Managers

Property Owner/Manager – Client Payment Agreement
REQUIRED if more than 6 months rent owed

Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (IRS Form W-9)
REQUIRED for all Property Owners/Managers


For question, please call one of the Community Service Centers during business hours (please see hours and phone numbers listed below). 

Englewood Community Service Center
1140 West 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200 
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Garfield Community Service Center
10 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Center
4314 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

North Area Community Service Center
845 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312-744-2580 
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

South Chicago Community Service Center
8650 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Trina Davila Community Service Center
4312 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014
 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..


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