The JP UP Date: Illinois Rental Payment Program Opens

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 118                          May 14, 2021                                   St. Louis

Illinois Rental Payment Program Opens Monday, May 17

Behind on rent due to COVID-19? Landlords and tenants located in Illinois can apply jointly for up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance beginning Monday, May 17 through the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP).
Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the federal government and is free to the tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

Eligibility requirements:
•    Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly—or indirectly—due to the pandemic
•    Household is at least 30 days behind on rent and/or is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
•    2020 household income was below 80% of the AMI
•    Tenant is NOT required to provide proof of citizenship

Step 1: Housing Providers start the application process at

Step 2: Housing Providers complete their portion of the application process and send the application off to the tenant

Step 3: Tenant completes their portion and submits to IHDA

Questions? Contact Fredrica Burnett at or 314-533-2411 x 131

Landlords can apply between 5/17 and 6/6.

JP Welcomes Ronika Moody and Brandy Boyer

Justine PETERSEN is most proud to welcome Ronika Moody and Brandy Boyer to our dynamic team!  As Resource Development Manager, Ronika will oversee grants management, board development and comprehensive financial tracking.  A seasoned practitioner in the finance industry, Ronika has over 10 years of experience in an array of departments, having previously worked for Wells Fargo, TD Ameritrade, US Bank and Edward Jones.  When asked about why she chose JP, Ronika stated, “The organization aligns with my motto which is E.A.T. – Educate, Advocate and Transform the African-American community to ultimately building generational wealth for Blacks overall.”

Brandy Boyer comes to Justine PETERSEN as no stranger to the non-profit word. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Central Missouri Community Action, whose mission was to comprehensively provide resources to low-to-moderate income clients. As Director of Finance at Justine PETERSEN, Brandy will maintain all capital and legal documents, transition JP from Quickbooks to MIP accounting software, and provide the requisite staff training. And why work at JP? “I love non-profits that really focus on uplifting the community,” noted Brandy, “JP has so many great programs that have lifelong benefits for participants.”



JP and Allies for Community Business Present in Chicago FED and FDIC CDFI Webinar Series

Facilitated by Jenny Dandridge and Gar Kelley, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently hosted the fifth installment of their “Connecting the Dots” series which seeks to educate various publics on the role and mission of CDFIs.  Titled “CDFIs and Small Business Development,” Galen Gondolfi of Justine PETERSEN joined Brad McConnell of Allies for Community Business, a peer CDFI based in Chicago, in discussing how CDFIs purvey small business products and services, from lending to technical assistance to mentorship.  Additionally, Galen and Brad discussed how bank partners can team with a CDFI to advance the interests of small businesses.



Picturesque Pilot Plot (PPP 14.0)

Pictured is the corner of State and 19th Streets in downtown Granite City. Designed and maintained by JP small business client Chris Carl of Studio Land Arts, Pilot Plot is an experimental rainwater garden complete with a vast array of native plants and comprehensive swale system.  Also, smack dab in the middle of Pilot Plot, situated at the end of a micro-peninsula, is STNDRD, a flagpole curated by local artist Sage Dawson.  Pilot Plot and STNRD are both partners of G-CADD, the Granite City Art and Design District.  Check out the G-CADD alfresco art opening tomorrow, Saturday, May 15th here: