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Emergency Rental Assistance Program


In accordance with the Homeless Services Reform Act of 2005, as amended, D.C. Official Code §4-753.08(c-1)(3), and Mayor’s Order 2006-115, dated August 30, 2006, the District of Columbia (District) Department of Human Services (DHS) Family Services Administration (FSA) gives notice that the last day to apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 is July 1, 2024. DHS received 15,500 applications for FY 2024 and anticipates that ERAP funds will be exhausted after July 1, 2024.

This Notice shall remain in effect until the beginning of FY 2025 or the publication of a Notice in the District of Columbia Register indicating that additional appropriated funding has been authorized for the resumption of ERAP for the remainder of FY 2024.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the DHS/FSA ERAP office at [email protected].

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) portal is currently closed, and the program is not accepting new applications. To serve residents effectively and efficiently throughout the year, DHS will re-open the ERAP application again on October 1, 2024.

Residents seeking emergency rental assistance can submit their application when the portal re-opens on October 1, 2024. Click here to learn more about the documents needed to submit a complete application.

About ERAP

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps District residents earning less than 40% of the Area Median Income (AMI) who are facing housing emergencies, by providing funding for overdue rent including late fees and court costs if the qualified household is facing eviction. The program also supports security deposits and the first month's rent for residents moving into new apartments. The amount paid on behalf of eligible households depends on a household's income and available resources and is subject to certain limitations. 

Per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Rent Reasonableness Guidelines, ERAP may provide up to five times the rental amount based on the area zip code and bedroom size of the apartment/house. 

To view eligibility requirements and apply for ERAP, please click the following link:

Additional information about ERAP income eligibility and fair market rent in the District is available here.