Landlords Creating Solutions
All Chicago leads a community-wide effort to make homelessness history in Chicago. Landlords are the key to our vision of a Chicago where everyone has a home.
Chicago Rents is a program led by All Chicago to recruit and support landlord partners (property partners) to fill their units with a purpose. We partner with homeless service providers throughout Chicago to connect tenants to housing. We serve as the connector of landlords, people in need of homes, rental subsidies and housing support case managers. Through these connections, Chicago Rents serves as a single point of contact for property partners, allowing access to many programs and tenants to fill vacancies. In addition, Chicago Rents provides specific landlord-focused support that property partners need when joining in this work. Together, we can end homelessness in Chicago.
Chicago Rents is excited to announce a new partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Under this partnership, Chicago Rents will connect property partners with Chicagoans holding Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs). Like Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs, “Section 8”), Emergency Housing Vouchers will give individuals and families facing homelessness access to quality housing for up to nine years.
Are you interested? Please fill out this survey and a Landlord Engagement Coordinator will be in touch with you shortly.
Why partner with us?
Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Rents has grown significantly. Since October 2020, Chicago Rents has connected over 1,100 families and individuals facing homelessness, fostered over 330 relationships with property partners, and has been recognized by the American Apartment Owners Association and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Benefits of working with Chicago Rents include:
Property Partner Support
Making a Difference in Your Community
You can be part of the solution for ending homelessness for your neighbors in Chicago. On any given night, there are over 6,000 households experiencing homelessness in the city. As a landlord or property manager, you have an opportunity to help, while filling your units more quickly and having supported tenants.
Like far too many Chicagoans, Leonard McGruder became homeless when hard times fell upon him. But through the help of the Expedited Housing Initiative (EHI), Leonard was able to move into his own apartment and get back on his feet. Watch this short film to hear about Leonard’s inspirational story.