simmons 040621CHICAGO – A new law sponsored by State Senator Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) expands eligibility requirements for the state’s Rental Housing Support Program to higher income levels.

“Many renters in our state are still reeling from the economic effects of COVID-19,” Simmons said. “The harsh reality is that many Illinoisans are burdened by their rent, and the programs we have in place to offer support need to adjust to meet that reality.”

House Bill 648 raises the income threshold for a tenant to qualify for the rental assistance program from 30% of the median family income for the area to 35%.  Once that threshold is met, tenants begin phasing out of the program, which is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

“This new law will help provide some relief to working class people as they work to rebound from a global pandemic,” Simmons said.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the legislation into law Friday. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.