City of Aurora Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The application period for this program is now closed.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Complete the online application; or
- Download an application and drop off or mail the completed application and all required documents to City Hall; or
- Pick up an application at Aurora City Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 44 E. Downer Place and return a completed application with required documentation by drop off or mail to the attention of the Community Development Division.
Applications must be submitted online, delivered, or mailed to the City of Aurora Community Development Division with a postmarked date no later than August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. No exceptions.
FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER
The City is also offering free of cost, access to the Aurora Financial Empowerment Center (FEC). At the FEC, professionally trained FEC counselors help individuals and families with low and moderate incomes manage their finances, pay down debt, increase savings, establish and build credit, and access safe and affordable mainstream banking products. At the core of the FEC model is the integration of counseling into other social services, such as housing and foreclosure prevention, workforce development, prisoner reentry, benefits access, domestic violence services, and more. The Aurora FEC offer services remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help residents navigate the financial impact of this crisis. Appointments with FEC counselors can be made by visiting www.CityofAuroraFEC.org or by calling 630-256-4552.
IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
Checks and balances are built into the program. City staff is responsible for program oversight and monitoring. Once an application is approved and processed for payment, checks made payable to the landlord or management company identified in the lease agreement are mailed.
To give policy guidance, plan, fund, and coordinate economic development, infrastructure and human services programs and projects that improve City neighborhoods, facilitate affordable housing development, and assist Aurora residents who live at or below 80% of the Area Median Family Income ($71,300 for a four person household in 2019).
The City receives funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address community development and housing needs. A five-year Consolidated Plan establishes priorities and each year an Annual Action Plan sets out action items and associated funding for the program year (January 1 - December 31).
How We Help
Neighborhood Redevelopment is the lead agency responsible for carrying out activities to meet the City’s long-standing housing and community development priorities related to the goals and objectives defined in its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which address physical, economic, demographic, and social conditions throughout the City.
Through an annual, competitive application process, the City identifies partners to help achieve identified goals and objectives.
2020 Partner agencies include:
- Breaking Free, Inc.
- Cara Program (DBA Cara Chicago)
- Fox Valley Park District
- Mutual Ground
- Prairie State Legal Services
- Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc. (DBA Hesed House)
- Rebuilding Together Aurora
- Seize the Future(DBA Invest Aurora)
- Senior Services Associates, Inc.
- The Neighbor Project