ERAP Hotline

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Hotline

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Did you apply for emergency rental assistance? The Department of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Community Relations have launched a hotline for residents who have applied to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. If you have questions about your application status or about the program, contact the new hotline @ 301-883-6504.

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ERAP línea directa

¿Solicitó asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler? El Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario y la Oficina de Relaciones Comunitarias han lanzado una línea directa para los residentes que han solicitado el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler. Si tiene preguntas sobre el estado de su solicitud o sobre el programa, comuníquese con la nueva línea directa @ 301-883-6504.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW 

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The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).  This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0202 awarded to Prince George’s County, MD Government by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Property owners, landlords or property managers 
  • Tenants whose landlords will not apply for funding on the tenants\’ behalf 
  • Tenants applying for utility assistance only

WHAT CAN ERAP COVER?

  • Past due rent beginning April 1, 2020, up to 12 months
  • Past due utility and home energy bill payments, up to 12 months

If the tenant applies directly for funding because their landlord will not apply on their behalf, eligible tenants can receive up to 12 months of rental assistance and/or utility payments.  If tenant is applying directly and needs more than 12 months of back rent payments, DHCD will review on a case-by-case basis.

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

DHCD will prioritize applications based on household incomes and on areas of greatest vulnerability within the County.  See below for more information on eligibility requirements.

TENANTS

  • Household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI); priority given to households with income at or below 50% of AMI.
  • A signed lease; if household does not have a signed lease, acceptable documents include: evidence of paying utilities for the residential unit oran attestation by a landlord who can be identified as the verified or management agent of the unit, orother reasonable documentation
  • One or more individuals in household qualified for unemployment or experience a reduction in household income incurred significant costs, or other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OWNERS/LANDLORDS 

In addition to the tenant eligibility requirements, landlords must also meet these requirements:

  • Have a valid County-issued or municipality-issued rental license for the property  
  • The property must be occupied by tenants meeting the requirements for tenant eligibility

 MORE INFORMATION

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