Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Last Updated:  4/9/2021

On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).  The ERAP program is designed to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Under the County’s ERAP an “eligible household” is defined as a renter household that has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median and in which at least one or more individuals living in the household:

  • qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and

  • can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;

  • additional eligibility criteria will be added as the program is finalized.

             I am a Renter                 I am a Landlord 

TIPS FOR HELPING THE APPLICATION PROCESS GO FASTER

I AM A RENTER/TENANT  

Getting Started

Documents to gather prior to starting the application:

1)  Photo ID for all household members 18 years and older

2)  Copy of Lease Agreement

3)  Copy of Rent Statement

4)  Copy of Eviction Notice (if notice has been given) 

5)  Copy of Utility Bills (if assistance for utilities is being requested)

6)  Proof of household income (including 2020 Tax Return or 2 months of pay stubs, unemployment letters, SSA Award letters, benefits letters, etc.)

7)  Proof of COVID-19 Impact (termination notice from employer, letter from employer explaining loss of hours, etc.)

8)  Documentation of any other assistance provided for rent/utility assistance

Additional information to gather prior to starting the application:

1)  Landlord name, address, phone number, and email

2)  Dates of birth and social security numbers for all household members

Application Information

Household Members

Income Verification

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  2020 Tax Return, or,

2)  Verification of Income Sources (e.g. Paystubs, Unemployment Letter, Child Support Letter, Social Security Award Letter, etc.)

Additional Forms you may need to complete this section:

1)  Self-Employment Attestation of Income

2)  Missing/Incomplete Proof of Income Form

COVID-19 Impact

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  Letter describing loss of income, financial impact of COVID-19, etc.

Additional Forms you may need to complete this section:

1)  Missing/Incomplete Proof of COVID-19 Impact Form

Rent Assistance 

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  Eviction Notice (Only if you've received one)

Utility Assistance 

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  Copy of Utility Bill(s)

Prior Assistance Received

Documentation requested for this section:

1)  Verification of any award letters for previous assistance (only if you received a letter)

Housing Stability Case Management

 

Required Documents

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  Photo ID (for household members over 18)

2)  Most recent rent statements/notices to quit (Must show name, address, and amount due)

3)  Rental Agreement/Copy of Lease (for Oral Leases click here)

Submission

What's Next?  (Following my application status and responding to requests)

 

 

 

 

 

I AM A LANDLORD/LESSOR  

Getting Started

Documents to gather prior to starting the application:

1)  W-9

2)  Lease Agreement

3)  Rent Ledger

Additional information to gather prior to starting the application:

1)  Tenant name, address, phone number, and email

Landlord Information

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  W-9

Tenant Information

Documentation needed for this section:

1)  Most recent rent statements/notices to quit (Must show name, address, and amount due)

2)  Lease Agreement (For oral leases click here)

 

Submission

What's Next?  (Following my application status and responding to requests)

 
 

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Need a Paper Application?

Click Here to Download a copy, or,

Click Here to Have one Mailed to you, or,

Call 724-539-3550 x210 to discuss other

ways to get a paper copy.