Pritzker administration reopens housing assistance program for Illinois homeowners
CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority announced the Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund is now open to support qualified homeowners who need help with past-due mortgage payments and related expenses due to financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible households may apply for grants of up to $60,000 — doubling the assistance previously available — for past-due mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance and homeowner and/or condo association fees. Applications will be accepted at www.illinoishousinghelp.org until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
In a press release, Gov. JB Pritzker said, “For more than two years, my administration has led the way on housing assistance for those in need. By delivering this aid efficiently and quickly, we have been able to make a difference for thousands of families around the state. With this next round of funding, even more Illinoisans now have a chance to maintain their status as homeowners, opening doors for their children to thrive in the future.”
ILHAF assistance is designed to help homeowners avoid mortgage default and foreclosure after experiencing a financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Payments will be made directly to the mortgage servicer, taxing body or other eligible entity once a homeowner’s application has been approved.
To qualify for ILHAF, Illinois homeowners must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 30 days late on one or more of mortgage loan, property tax, property insurance and/or HOA/condo association fee payments.
- Have a household income at or below 150% area median income.
- Own and occupy a home in Illinois as a primary residence.
- Experienced a financial hardship after Jan. 21, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including a hardship that began before Jan. 21, 2020 but continued after that date).
Proof of citizenship is not required to apply. Receiving ILHAF assistance will not make you a public charge or affect immigration status.
“To the Illinois residents struggling during these difficult economic times, trying to pay your mortgage, we see you and we are taking action,” Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton said. “This program will provide valuable support and assistance to ease the strain so many families are feeling, by helping those who qualify remain in their homes and keeping our communities strong and vibrant.”
More information on the application process, including videos on how to apply, a complete list of required documents and other housing help can be found at www.illinoishousinghelp.org.
When applying, homeowners should also have the following documentation:
- Proof of identification, including but not limited to a driver’s license, state ID, permanent residency card or other form of ID.
- Proof of household income, including but not limited to tax returns, pay stubs, or other documentation.
- Proof of occupancy, including but not limited to a bank statement, cell phone bill, credit/debit card statement or other documentation.
- Proof of ownership, including but not limited to a property tax bill, property deed or other documentation.
- Delinquency statement, including but not limited to a mortgage statement, property tax statement, insurance statement or HOA/Condo Association statement.
Homeowners in need of assistance should visit www.illinoishousinghelp.org for information on eligibility and to initiate the application process. IHDA has partnered with housing counseling agencies and community-based organizations across the state to assist households with assembling the required documents and completing their applications. This assistance is free and available in more than 37 languages, including American Sign Language. A list of these agencies offering assistance can be found online at www.illinoishousinghelp.org or by calling 866-454-3571.
ILHAF is funded through an appropriation in the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
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