By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — For those having trouble paying the rent, help is on the way. The City of Chicago is handing out nearly $80 million in emergency rental assistance.

Tenants and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown can apply for up to 15 months of assistance.

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Applications are open online through June 8.

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To be eligible, applicants must live in Chicago, be at risk of losing their homes, and have suffered hardship due to the pandemic.

Income limits are also in place.

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This all comes as Illinois begins phasing out the statewide moratorium on evictions, which is set to expire by August.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff