Emergency Mortgage Assistance – The Chicago Crusader

Illinois Emergency Homeowners Assistance Fund (ILHAF)

Starting in April, Illinois will begin accepting applications for homeowner grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce delinquent mortgage and property tax payments.

To learn more about the Illinois Emergency Homeowners Assistance Fund (ILHAF), attend our Foreclosure Prevention Webinar.

To find out if you are eligible and get ready, visit the Illinois housing assistance website.

The NHS also offers one-on-one consultations with a HUD-certified housing counsellor. During these sessions, the NHS housing adviser will identify and pursue the best options to get you back on track and avoid foreclosure. register here.


The State of Illinois, Cook County and City of Chicago have new emergency rental assistance programs to support households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE for an overview of all available support programs and relevant program dates.

Illinois Rent Payment Program (ILRPP)
The Illinois Rent Payment Program FIRM January 9, 2022. If you need help tracking your application with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), please call Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago at 1-800-831-7949 or email [email protected].

Illinois Department of Housing Services (IDHS)
Although the Illinois Rent Payment Program is closed, rental assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is still available. Please check their provider network in your area for assistance in applying for rental assistance through IDHS.


Illinois State Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Financial support is available for eligible low-income Illinois households who need help paying their heating and electric bills. CLICK HERE for more information contact the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Chicago residents can contact directly CEDA to APPLY for Gas and Electric Assistance through the LIHEAP program.

*For assistance in completing an application, please email NHS Chicago at [email protected] call 800-831-7949 to schedule an appointment with one of our customer service specialists.