Relief Program for Households Impacted by COVID-19 Now Open Again to Champaign County Residents

A past-due bill

The RPC is once again accepting applications for the CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program. Households in Champaign County that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in past-due rent, mortgage, sewer, or water bills, may qualify for assistance. Further information, including the application, may be found on the RPC’s website.

The application period opened on Monday, November 16, and closes on Monday, November 30, at 1pm. To determine eligibility, answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the application process have also been provided. All applications must be submitted to the RPC by no later than Monday, November 30, at 1pm. Applications submitted via U.S. mail must reflect the postmark date of Monday, November 30, or earlier to be considered. Applications submitted through e-mail (at or fax (at 217-328-2426) must be sent by 1pm on Monday, November 30, or earlier to be considered.

The CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program has already assisted dozens of households and hundreds of individuals in Champaign County this year. “This program and others that the RPC provides are necessary and make it possible for this community to survive. Most of all, it is giving hope where there is little,” says RPC client James, an accountant who was provided with rent assistance. “To be honest, if it wasn’t for this program I don’t know where I would be now. I can’t stress enough the necessity of these programs for young and old alike. This funding is a necessity.”

RPC client Dawanna, who works for the University of Illinois and was provided with rent, sewer/wastewater bill, and food assistance, says, “If it wasn’t for this program I would have been forced to sleep on the streets with my four children. The RPC has put my mind at ease and made sure my children and I have a roof over our heads, as I am sure this program has done for many families.”

Households around America have been impacted by COVID-19, but agencies like the RPC have been able to provide crucial help to those in need through the CARES Act—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Congress in March. The CSBG COVID-19 Relief Program is one of the programs available through the CARES Act that the RPC administers in Champaign County.

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  1. toya d douglas says:

    Hi my name is Toya Douglas and i am trying to find the application online to fill out for help with assistance.

  2. Maurey Williamson says:

    Toya, the application and the FAQ’s have been added to this page.

  3. James willis says:

    The form asking for March 2020 checks stubs or should I send my past 30 days

  4. Maurey Williamson says:

    James, yes, you should follow the application instructions which includes providing proof of income for March 2020.

  5. James willis says:

    What is a zero income affidavit?

  6. Maurey Williamson says:

    James, it is a form that is used as documentation when an individual and/or household is attesting to have had or has no income during a specific period of time.

  7. James willis says:

    Is the form mandatory for the rental assistance?

  8. Maurey Williamson says:

    Yes, that form is mandatory.

  9. Kia Ford says:

    i applied for both rental and energy assistance and i got denied for energy assistance but i never heard anything back from rental assistance.

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