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What should I know about Emergency Rental Assistance in Georgia?

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What is Emergency Rental Assistance?

If you are unable to pay your rent or utility bills, you may qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance. Apply online through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs websiteEmergency 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. 

Look up the Area Median Income (AMI) for your area on the Department of Housing and Urban Development website.

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How do I apply for Emergency Rental Assistance?

Apply online through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website

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Where to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance in Georgia

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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. 

Apply online through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website


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Last Review and Update: Feb 23, 2021
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