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Rental Assistance

What is Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)?

Renters and tenants who are behind in rental and/or utility payments or are unable to make these payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs. ERA may cover the following:
  • Payment plans for back rent
  • Future rent payments
  • Utilities (water, sewer, electric, etc.)
  • Internet services
  • Other expenses related to housing

Tenants are eligible to receive ERA if they have incomes of no more than 80% of the area median income (AMI) and meet the following requirements:

  • Priority is given to households with incomes of no more than 50% of AMI as well as to households in which one or more household members were unemployed for 90 days prior to application.
  • At least one member of the household has
    • qualified for unemployment benefits,
    • experienced a reduction in household income,
    • incurred significant costs, or
    • experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the pandemic.
  • At least one member of the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.  This may include a past due rental or utility notice, an eviction notice unsafe or unhealthy living conditions (such as overcrowding), or any other evidence of risk.