BEDS Plus Care Newsletter: March 25, 2021
BEDS receives IHDA grant for rental assistance

BEDS Plus received a grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to help households secure emergency assistance through the Illinois Rental Payment Program (IRPP), which opens in April. Funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the IRPP may offer up to $15,000 to households that were unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. Prevention staff, whose time and effort is supported by the grant, will be visiting housing with low-income tenants, taking referrals from municipal and human service partners, and going out into our communities to market our assistance. Eviction moratoriums expire soon, and our outreach will ensure that vulnerable individuals and families remain housed during this incredibly stressful time.

A reminder that applications for Cook County Government rental assistance are being accepted through April 2. Apply at
The Eviction Crisis

America faces an eviction outbreak that could reach pandemic proportions. The CDC eviction moratorium expires on March 31, and Illinois’ moratorium ends 3 days later on April 3. Immediately afterward, tenants face eviction, trying to find housing with eviction records, and homelessness. (For their part, landlords face foreclosures, asset seizures, and bankruptcy.) A patchwork of state, county, and local assistance programs have tried to compensate for rent backlogs, and many landlords, especially smaller Black and Latinx ones, have worked with tenants on rental deferment and repayment plans. Still, the Urban Institute describes how these efforts were probably "not enough." Projections estimated that up to 14.2 million households would owe late rent by January 2021, with an average debt of $5,600 to $6,000.

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The passage of the $1.6 trillion stimulus bill provides people at risk of homelessness with infusions of cash to pay rent, including $1400 stimulus checks and a continuation of $300 supplements to unemployment benefits. The bill does not extend the CDC eviction moratorium, which expires at the end of the month (Illinois’ moratorium stretches three days longer until April 3). After the moratoria expire, unpaid rents—an estimated $483 – $836 million in Illinois—come due, and landlords can immediately begin evictions, which could affect 30 – 50 percent of Illinois renters. Click here to read more on our blog.

BEDS Bulletin! Cities across the U.S. are struggling to balance homelessness and public safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As encampments are cleared, cities have been scrambling to provide additional shelter and resources for those experiencing homelessness, a process that has been made difficult by reduced shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing. At BEDS, we aim to prevent homelessness before it starts. Click here to learn more.

Our clients are all smiles after getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. So far, 44 of our clients have been vaccinated in partnership with Pillars Community Health. We also are happy to report that all of our program staff have received their COVID-19 vaccinations! Along with Pillars, we remind everyone to remember the three W's as part of the Cook County Department of Public Health's Mask Up campaign, whether you vaccinate or not. Wear, wash and watch! Wear your mask when out during daily activities to help cover your mouth and nose - double up if possible. Wash your hands after going out in public spaces. Watch your distance - remember to stay at least 6 feet apart when possible to help reduce the risk of exposure and infection.

A big thank you to the La Grange Public Library for recently taking up a donation drive for BEDS. The library collected needed items from our Amazon Wish List. Thank you! We love our community partners! We also give a warm thank you to the St. John of the Cross Parish School and the St. John of the Cross Parish Youth Ministry Team. St. John of the Cross students made Easter decorations and bags for our clients, and also donated their "no uniform day" donations to BEDS. The youth ministry made blessing bags for our clients that contained hand sanitizer, toiletries and other items. Thank you! #community #grateful
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Milk Money Brewing, Proper Rate partner to raise funds for BEDS in honor of Women's History month

BEDS Plus Care, Milk Money Brewing and Proper Rate are partnering to raise support for women and families fleeing domestic violence in honor of Women's History month.

Visit Milk Money Brewing, 75 S. La Grange Road in downtown La Grange, and purchase the End is the Beginning beer to support BEDS. Milk Money Brewing will donate 10% of End is the Beginning beer sales to BEDS, which will be matched up to $500 by Mike McNamara of Proper Rate. Please drink responsibly.