Eviction Early Resolution Program Resources for Courts | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts
Latest update: 6/21/21
Approved Statewide Agreed Orders in Eviction Cases to help facilitate resolution
How to apply for rental assistance
- Statewide: Accepting applications May 17 through June 7 for one-time grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments as far back as June 2020 and future payments through August 2021. Interested landlords can apply directly at: https://ilrpp.ihda.org/.
- A tenant-initiated application process will be available from June 28 through July 18.
- Statewide: Accepting referrals on a rolling basis for one-time grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments and utilities as far back as April 2020 and three months of future payments. Interested landlords and tenants may connect with referring agencies listed by county at: dhs.illinois.gov/housinghelp.
- State, Suburban Cook County, Chicago: General information.
- Veterans: Resource navigation for veterans, including rental assistance or call 833-INFO-IJF (Veterans may also apply for the general rental assistance programs linked above.)
How to access legal aid, mediation, and other resources
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Resources
Samples of Eviction Early Resolution Programs in Illinois
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance and (b) legal aid
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance, (b) legal aid, and (c) mediation
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance, (b) legal aid, (c) mediation, (d) case management services, and (e) community partners
Samples of Eviction Early Resolution Programs outside of Illinois
- Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-17
- Main features:
- Paragraph (2): Case prioritization;
- Paragraph (6): Mandatory pretrial for nonpayment of rent cases where certain information is verbally relayed to all parties; and
- Paragraph (8): Mandatory seven-day adjournment after pretrial is conducted for parties to negotiate settlement, apply for rental assistance, etc.
- Texas Supreme Court’s 35th Emergency Order
- Main features for eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent:
- Paragraph 5.a.: Plaintiff must review information about the Texas Eviction Diversion Program;
- Paragraph 5.b.: Summons must include this brochure and the following statement (both in English and Spanish):
- “If you and your landlord agree to participate in the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, you may be able to have up to 15 months of the rent you owe paid and stop your eviction. At your trial, the court will tell you about the Program and ask if you are interested in participating. Find out more about Misc. Docket No. 21-9015 Page 2 the Program in the attached brochure, titled State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program, at
www.txcourts.gov/eviction-diversion/; and at https://texaslawhelp.org/article/texas-eviction-diversion-program. You may also call Texas Legal Services Center for assistance at 855-270-7655.”
- Paragraph 5.c.: At trial, court must discuss the Texas Eviction Diversion program with parties and ask if they would like to participate; if they agree, the eviction action is abated for 60 days, all court records are sealed, and parties are informed of the reinstatement and dismissal procedures.
- Paragraph 6: If the eviction is reinstated, trial will be set no later than 21 days after reinstatement and court records are unsealed; if the eviction is not reinstated, the court shall dismiss the entire action with prejudice and all court records remain sealed.
- Texas resources:
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