The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development announced yesterday that the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is now open. The Rental Assistance Program helps suburban Cook County residents having difficulty paying their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It pays up to three months of overdue or future rent. Rental payments will be sent directly to landlords by the Housing Authority of Cook County. The program is part of the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative, funded by the federal CARES Act. The application deadline is August 18, 2020. Learn more and apply here.