COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Temporarily Closed

Due to an overwhelming response, this program is temporarily closed. Please check back periodically for updates.

Temporary, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) available to help with rent and utility payments for tenants whose employment income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring. Depending upon need, applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to $1,800.00 per month for a maximum of up to 3 months of emergency rental assistance.

Eligibility

Renter households residing in Prince George’s County with household incomes at or below 80% of area median income, as published by HUD and adjusted for household size. Applicant must demonstrate that they are:

  1. At-risk of losing their rental housing or utility shut-off due to a COVID-19 related financial crisis and lack the financial resources and support networks needed to remain in existing housing.
  2. Have a current income at or below 80% of AMI, defined by HUD, as follows based on household size:
    • 1-person household: less than $54,350
    • 2-person household: less than $62,100
    • 3-person household: less than $69,850
    • 4-person household: less than $77,600

More than 4-person household refer to agency for additional screening.

Documentation & Payments

Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation of hardship, including, but not limited to the following:

  •  Verification of Income (i.e. W-2, pay-stubs and/or tax returns, bank statements)
  • Eviction notice or correspondence from landlord indicating the tenant is in arrears and amount owed
  • Unpaid utility bill or utility shut-off notice
  • Fully executed rental/lease agreement and rental addendums (front page and signature page)
  • Photo ID/identifications for all adult members of household (i.e. MD Driver’s License, MD Government ID, Current Passport, Visa, Employment ID)
  • Evidence of Loss of Income after March 5, 2020
  • Other documentation demonstrating lack of assets and savings

Payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company.

The ERA Partner Agency will assess the applicant’s documentation to determine eligibility. If applicant is only seeking utility bill assistance, all the above documentation may not be needed.