Des Plaines COVID-19 Resources

City of Des Plaines residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136 was signed into law. CARES Act funding is administered through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic (CDBG-CV3). Through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG CV3) authorized by the passage of CARES ACT, Des Plaines residents with low and moderate-income that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for rental, mortgage, and utility assistance.

The Center of Concern will facilitate in-depth assessments to determine program eligibility for residents meeting the grant criteria who live within incorporated Des Plaines. Upon qualification, residents could qualify for assistance for up to three months of rent or mortgage debt and/or utility assistance. Additionally, the Center of Concern will provide qualifying individuals and families with continued case management and linkage to other community resources enabling them to get back on their feet and transition to self-sufficiency.

Grant Application Procedure

  •  Applications can be submitted here ONLINE on this platform or completed by filling out the application and mailing it to Center of Concern, 1665 Elk Blvd., Des Plaines, IL 60016
  •  Applications will be accepted in order of submission with grants awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the CDBG-CV3 funds have been allocated.
  •  Grants will be awarded to residents who submit timely, fully completed applications that meet the criteria set forth by the City of Des Plaines. 

All applications must follow the formatting described below:

  • Only one application per household will be accepted.
  • Required and supporting documents shall be labeled. Extraneous information will not be considered.
  • Required documents must be submitted with all applications.
  • The full application with signature must be submitted to the Center of Concern.

Online Application Form

  • The online application cannot be saved to continue at another time.  Once you start you must finish.
  • We strongly recommend you download a copy of this PDF application and have the requested attachments completed and ready to attach before you begin the online application.
  • Fill out the online application completely. If you are missing the required information the application will not be able to submit/send.“*” is an indication of required fields within the on-line application.

The following documents can be uploaded into the application can be found by clicking on the document name below and also be uploaded from here.

Monthly Budget worksheet

Release of Information

Income Verification Form

Renter’s Verification Form (landlord signature required)

W-9 filled out by the landlord, If renting

Release/Exchange of Information – CoC & NWC

Signed Applicant Certification

Complete Application

Reservation Rights
The City of Des Plaines reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award all, a portion, or none of the available CDBG-CV3 funding, and may reject applications based on the quality and/or merits of the application, or when it is determined to be in the public interest to do so. Furthermore, the City may extend deadlines and timeframe, as needed. The City of Des Plaines reserves the right to substantiate any applicant’s qualifications, financial information, capability to perform, and availability. The City of Des Plaines and the Center of Concern reserves the right to waive any informalities in the application, to accept any application or portion thereof, and, to reject applications, should it be in the best interest of the City of Des Plaines or the Center of Concern to do so.

Post Award and Sub-recipient Criteria
All awards are subject to the City’s receipt of its CDBG-CV3 appropriation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. All awards are subject to pre-contract negotiations with the recipient. The City of Des Plaines is committed to monitoring the performance of grant recipients to ensure that Federal funds are used appropriately and, in a manner, to maximize low- and moderate-income public benefit. Monitoring each grant recipient ensures that the goals and objectives identified within the City’s HUD Action and Consolidated Plan are met. Recipients that do not comply with the Post-Award and Sub-Recipient Criteria listed below will forfeit their award of CDBG-CV3 funds. The forfeited funds will be then returned to the CDBG-CV3 program for reallocation.