If you are unable to pay your rent or utility bills, you may qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance. Emergency Rental Assistance provides financial help for:
- past due or future rent,
- past due or future utility bills, and
- In some cases, to help secure housing.
In most cases, the money goes directly to the landlord or utility company. In certain situations, though, the money could be paid to the applicant.
You may be eligible if you:
- Qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and
- You demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
- You have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
You will be given priority for assistance if:
- Your household is at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or
- One or more household members are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90 days.