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Successfully Leveraging the Court-Based Rental Assistance Program in Eviction Cases (outside of Cook County)

Course Description: This course is a collaboration of the Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force of the Illinois Judicial Conference and the Committee on Judicial Education. In this course, you will hear from circuit court judges across the state about how they have successfully utilized the court-based rental assistance program to help landlords secure financial relief while preserving housing stability for tenants during these challenging times.

Representatives from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), will provide updated information on how to work with litigants to access the substantial rental assistance available on an expedited basis. A speaker from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), who is funding statewide legal aid and mediation programs for eviction litigants, will also provide updated information on how courts can refer litigants to these additional resources to help facilitate the efficient resolution of eviction cases.

Credit Hour(s): 1.0 hour

Course Objective(s):
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify temporary changes made to authorize and encourage judicial circuits to launch eviction early resolution programs and/or give litigants time to take advantage of the available resources
  • Apply lessons and tips from other courts that have successfully connected eviction litigants to the substantial resources available through the court-based rental assistance program
  • Explain to litigants the process for applying and receiving court-based rental assistance and free legal aid and mediation services, including required documentation