Rental Assistance Program Up and Running
Qualified renters who have fallen behind on their rent or utilities because of pandemic-related hardship can now apply for relief through the McHenry County Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance Program.
The online application portal, which went live yesterday, can be found at www.McHenryRent.com.
Renters who do not have Internet access can call the McHenry County Housing Authority at 815-338-7752, or Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 815-338-5757 for Spanish speakers. It is anticipated that the web portal will soon have a translation function for Spanish and other commonly spoken languages.
McHenry County received $9.1 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to help qualified renters. The assistance program aims to reduce or eliminate pandemic-related evictions, prevent homelessness, avoid damaged credit that could hurt future housing opportunities for renters, and repair landlord/tenant relationships strained because of lack of payment.
Renters who qualify (and landlords can apply, too) can receive rent and utility assistance for up to six months in arrears, and up to three months in advance. Awarded funds are paid directly to the landlord or the utility company.
Qualifying households must be at or below 80% of their area median income – households at 50% or lower or that include dependents or seniors 62 years and older will get priority. They also must be able to demonstrate a loss of income or employment as a result of COVID-19. Immigration status is not a factor in determining eligibility.
More information on the program can be found on the online portal
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