With funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation awarded $2.8 million in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations to provide legal information, advice, representation and mediation services to Illinoisans impacted by the threat of eviction due to the COVID 19 pandemic via Eviction Help Illinois. Funds were also awarded to maintain technological access channels for user-friendly service delivery.  Eviction Help Illinois services can be accessed by phone, text or virtual assistant.

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Civil Legal Assistance Grants ($2,105,000)


Catholic Charities Legal Aid ($50,000)

To provide legal representation on eviction matters in Cook and Lake County as well as advice services across the state.


Land of Lincoln Legal Aid ($975,000)

To provide legal information, advice and representation on housing matters throughout 65 central and southern Illinois counties.


North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic ($75,000)

To provide legal aid to residents of Lake and Cook County impacted by eviction.


Prairie State Legal Services ($975,000)

To provide legal information, advice and representation on housing matters throughout 36 northern and central Illinois counties.


University YMCA New Americans Welcome Center ($30,000)

To provide legal information, advice and representation to program participants facing eviction in Champaign.


Mediation Grants ($575,000)

Center for Conflict Resolution ($50,000)

To train mediators across Illinois to mediate cases in downstate jurisdictions.


Dispute Resolution Institute ($375,000)

To work with the First, Third and/or Twentieth Judicial Circuits to develop eviction mediation programs and to serve as the payment center for mediators helping to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords in grant-funded mediation programs.


Resolution Systems Institute ($150,000)

To support the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit eviction mediation program and to work with the 17th, 18th and/or 21st Judicial circuits to develop virtual eviction mediation programs.


Technological Service Delivery Solutions ($120,000)

Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) ($40,000)

To maintain a Virtual Assistant/Chatbot to connect people in eviction crisis to legal information, rental assistance and legal aid and mediation programs across Illinois; to maintain the technology to connect three regional legal aid hotlines; and to maintain a website to house all the access channels for Eviction Help Illinois services.


Illinois Legal Aid Online ($30,000)

To maintain an SMS text access channel that will direct users in English and Spanish who need legal representation to the organization’s Online Triage Intake System (OTIS) to apply for help electronically and to expand OTIS to include all Eviction Help IL civil legal aid grantees.


Lawyers Committee for Better Housing ($50,000)

To expand Rentervention, a virtual assistant/chatbot to include all of Cook County in English and Spanish.


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06/09/21

Eviction Help IL/ERA 2 Grants | FY 22

Via a partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services and federal ERA2 funding, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation approved $3,725,628.62 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations on November 18, 2021 to supplement Eviction Help Illinois legal and mediation services.

Legal Aid Grants ($3,447,631.45)

Beyond Legal Aid ($75,007.78)

To provide legal aid for tenants threatened with eviction via partnerships with community-based partners in Cook County.


Cabrini Green Legal Aid ($49,912.26)

To provide legal representation for tenants threatened with eviction on the Westside and Southside of Chicago.


Center for Disability and Elder Law ($84,121.50)

To provide legal representation to seniors and tenants with disabilities threatened with eviction in Cook County.


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ($247,050.46)

To provide legal advice to landlords statewide working to collect unpaid rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Chinese Mutual Aid Association ($164,936.86)

To provide legal information, advice and representation to eviction-impacted community members in Kane and Cook County in partnership with Greater Chicago Legal Clinic.

James B Moran Center for Youth Advocacy ($41,325.56)

To provide legal counsel in English and Spanish on eviction issues to families enrolled in three Evanston schools.


Land of Lincoln Legal Aid ($1,204,380.24)

To provide legal information, advice and representation on eviction matters throughout 65 central and southern Illinois counties.


Lawyers Committee for Better Housing ($155,405.93)

To expand Rentervention, a virtual assistant/chatbot, and its virtual pro bono legal clinic to include all of Cook County.


Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services ($163,973)

To provide legal information, advice and representation on eviction matters in DuPage County.


North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic ($137,814)

To provide legal aid to residents of Lake and Cook County impacted by eviction.


Prairie State Legal Services ($850,000)

To provide legal information, advice and representation on eviction matters throughout 36 northern and central Illinois counties.


Public Interest Law Initiative ($43,594.44)

To provide legal information and advice statewide to tenants and landlords via Free Legal Answers and court-based self-help desks in central Illinois.


Uptown Peoples Law Center ($46,560.46)

To provide legal assistance on eviction matters to residents of Chicago’s Uptown community.


Westside Justice Center ($183,548.96)

To provide legal information, advice and representation to eviction-impacted community members in Will County in partnership with Warehouse Workers for Justice.


Mediation Grants ($239,557.17)

Center for Conflict Resolution ($7,763.35)

To provide virtual mediation sessions for tenants and landlords with disputes over court-based rental assistance.


Dispute Resolution Institute ($119,954.29)

To staff eviction mediation programs in the First, Sixth and/or Twentieth Judicial Circuits as well as providing mediation services to resolve court-based rental assistance disputes.


Resolution Systems Institute ($111,839.53)

To support eviction mediation programs in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Twenty-first Judicial Circuits and to provide mediation services to resolve court-based rental assistance disputes.


Technology Grant ($38,440)

Illinois Legal Aid Online ($38,440)

To improve the SMS text access channel that directs users in English and Spanish who need legal representation to the organization’s Online Triage Intake System (OTIS) to apply for help electronically, to update legal content in Polish and to expand OTIS to include all Eviction Help IL civil legal aid grantees.