Emergency Rental Assistance
The pandemic has put millions of households across the nation in jeopardy of losing their homes. Low-income renters, including millions of essential workers, have been hit the hardest. Lower-income homeowners also need emergency assistance. Millions are falling behind on their payments and running out of options.
Congress recently authorized more than $45 billion in emergency aid for renters and $10 billion for homeowners. See below for more information on state programs, federal programs, and NCSHA recommendations.
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Emergency Rental Assistance Programs by State
States are opening 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance programs with federal funds through the U.S. Department of the Treasury as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Click on a state to get the latest information about Emergency Rental Assistance.
|State Emergency Rental Programs|
|ERA Policy Document Exchange
NCSHA’s ERA Policy Document Exchange provides HFAs and other state-level grantees the ability to share ERA policies and procedures and other materials they have developed. This page is accessible only to state HFAs and other state-level ERA grantees approved by NCSHA.
|ERA Program Dashboards
Several states have launched information dashboards to track and communicate ERA program progress, including the number of applications received and total funds distributed. See live or regular updates from the following states:
|Federal Emergency Assistance Resources
NCSHA’s side-by-side summary compares the first round of emergency rental assistance funding provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, enacted in December 2020, to the second round of emergency rental assistance provided under the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March 2021.
||Administration of the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Considerations for State Agencies
Working with Abt Associates, NCSHA developed this guidance to help states understand the range of options available to them as they design new programs or modify programs established in 2020 to effectively assist households at risk of housing instability as a result of the pandemic.
|Treasury Department Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available billions to assist households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Access official Treasury Department resources and related NCSHA content below.
Has COVID-19 affected your ability to pay rent? As a Marylander, you may be eligible for assistance with current or past due payments.
For eligible applicants, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer federal emergency rental funding in two ways, (1) directly to local jurisdictions through the Maryland Eviction Partnership Program to support local rental assistance efforts and (2) to property management on behalf of tenants residing in affordable rental properties that received federal or state financing through the Assisted Housing Relief Program.
MBA’s CONVERGENCE and NCSHA partnered to offer this webinar on the benefits of renter counseling to both tenants and landlords and the role state housing finance agencies can plan in developing a renter counseling curriculum and convening partners to help renters be successful tenants.
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2020 State HFA Emergency Housing Assistance Programs