Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

ERAP OPENS:  THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will offer relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through its 3rd round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

WHO CAN APPLY?

Owners, landlords or property managers holding a valid rental license with occupied rental units.  Tenants may apply directly only if their landlord will not apply for funding on their behalf or if the tenant is only applying for utility assistance.

WHAT CAN ERAP COVER?

Landlords may apply for each tenant’s delinquent rental payments beginning on or after April 1, 2020.  The monthly amount of assistance is based on the actual rent value less all late fees, interest, and other costs associated with the tenant’s default.  DHCD will provide funding for rent only, 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 6 months of rental assistance and/or utility payments.

There will be two different portals for landlords and tenants to upload their application and supporting documentation.  It is strongly advised that all applicants review the Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to submitting the application.

NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THE APPLICATION?

The Prince George\’s County Department of Housing and Community Development has partnered with several community non-profit organizations to assist county landlords and tenants with completing the application and uploading it into the proper on-line portal.

More information on the DHCD website.

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

TENANT ELIGIBILITY

In order to receive financial assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, tenant households must meet the following minimum requirements:  

  • The Tenant has a valid lease in their name;  
  • The household has experienced a COVID-19 triggering event such as household/tenant qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.  
  • Income eligible families whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as determined by HUD, and adjusted for household size; and
  • The household cannot receive rental assistance from any other source, including, but not limited to, federal, state and local rental assistance programs, for the same period of time the ERA is requested. 

OWNER/LANDLORD QUALIFICATIONS

To receive financial assistance under the ERA program, owners, landlords and property managers must: 

  • Have a valid County issued rental license for the property;  
  • The property must be occupied by tenants with a valid lease; and
  • Owners/Landlords/Property Managers will be required to provide their W-9 for tax reporting purposes. Funds received through the ERA Program may be considered income to the tenant and may be subject to taxes by the IRS.  Please consult with your tax preparer/advisor for more information.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY FOR ERAP.

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