Illinois Governo JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority recently confirmed that he Illinois Rental Payment Program has issued $70 million to landlords on tenants’ behalf in 87 counties. This came after s as the authority reviews almost 70,000 applications it has received for rental assistance. An extra $17 million has been approved and is in the process of being issued out hundreds of millions of additional money to be sent out the door in the weeks to come in response to applications totaling $664 million in requests for help for overdue and future rent payments. IHDA is continuing to look over applications as quickly as possible and is prioritizing requests for tenants who are jobless and people who have very low household incomes. To provide more assistance renters affected by the pandemic, tenants will be able to apply for ILRPP assistance directly and invite their landlord to take part in the program beginning June 28. Tenants will also be provided a pathway to complete their application should they have unresponsive landlords. All tenants will have up until l 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 to finish heir portion of the application at ILRPP.IHDA.org. Approximately 90% of the 8,890 approved applications to date have assisted households who have been unemployed for over ninety days and 99 percent of approvals have assisted very-low-income households to keep vulnerable tenants in their homes while they regain financial solvency. The program has provided an average of $9,491 per household.