Senator Jacqueline Collins, Majority Caucus Whip, 16th Senate District


Dear friend

As the pandemic carries on, I’m hearing from more and more people who have found themselves unable to pay rent and mortgage bills as a result of pandemic-related income losses. Many families are wondering whether they will be able to keep a roof over their heads. 

Thankfully, help is available. The state has launched two grant programs to help Illinoisans make ends meet and remain in their homes:

The Emergency Rental Assistance program started accepting applications Aug. 10. The submission deadline has been extended to Aug. 28 to allow renters more time to take advantage of the program, which awards grants of up to $5,000 to individuals who have fallen behind on their rent payments since March 1. For more information and to apply, visit

The Emergency Mortgage Assistance program will offer aid to eligible homeowners with unpaid mortgage payments after March 1. Grant recipients may receive up to $15,000 in aid, sent directly to your mortgage servicer to be applied against your mortgage. Applications will be available starting Aug. 24 at

For both programs, applicants must meet certain income requirements and be able to demonstrate losses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Funds are limited, so apply as soon as possible.

Call the Illinois Housing Development Authority toll-free at 1-888-252-1119 or visit for assistance with your application.

As always, my staff and I are also available to help you navigate these programs and guide you through the application process. With questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 773-224-2830 or by clicking here.


Jacqueline Y. Collins

State Senator | 16th District

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