CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County wants to help suburban homeowners who are struggling with their mortgages during the pandemic.

On Thursday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the launch of a $20 million dollar assistance program.

“Funded by the CARES Act, the program pays one to three months of overdue or future mortgage payments for income-eligible households,” Preckwinkle said. “Payments will be made directly to mortgage servicers up to a total of $10,000.”

The application process begins Friday and closes on October 16.

Check Cook County’s website,, for more details.