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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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 a qualified household is facing eviction. The program also supports security deposits and 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. District residents earning above the 40% AMI are connected to a local nonprofit to be evaluated for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP).

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. 

Eligible households may apply for ERAP twice within a 12-month period during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and within sixty days of the expiration of the public health emergency.

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


Applying for ERAP

Throughout the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, District residents may apply for ERAP online, via phone, or by dropping off a completed application at an ERAP Provider location. 

  • To complete an online application, visit the DHS ERAP Portal

  • If you are unable to complete the online application, you may contact a Community-Based Organization (CBO) via phone for application assistance:

    • Catholic Charities - The Southeast Family Center | (202) 338-3100 | www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org

    • Housing Counseling Services, Inc. | (202) 667-7006 | www.HousingEtc.org | ERAP Recorded Information Line: (202) 667-7339

    • Salvation Army (NW Office) - National Capital Area Command | (202) 332-5000 | www.SalvationArmyNCA.org

    • Salvation Army (SE Office) | (202) 678-9771 | www.SalvationArmyNCA.org

    • The Community Partnership (TCP) | (202) 312-5510 | www.Community-Partnership.org

    • The United Planning Organization (UPO) | (202) 562-3802 | www.UPO.org 

    • The Greater Washington Urban League | (202) 265-8200 | www.GWUL.org

District residents may also apply for ERAP by downloading and dropping-off a completed application to an ERAP provider. 

ERAP Application (downloadable PDF)

ERAP Providers

ERAP Provider          Address             Drop-Off Times
Greater Washington Urban League 2901 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009

24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the outdoor drop box

Catholic Charities:
The Southeast Family Center
2812 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the door drop box
United Planning Organization 2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20009
Monday - Thursday
10 AM - 1 PM 
Salvation Army 1434 Harvard Street, NW 
Ste B
Washington, DC 20009

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 12 noon
1:30 PM - 4 PM


ERAP Resources


Additional Rent Assistance, Eviction Prevention and Housing Resources

The District provides additional housing resources to assist residents rent including the STAY DC and the Homeless Prevention Program (HPP)which are administered by DHS.

STAY DC (Stronger Together By Assisting You)

STAY DC is a financial assistance program for D.C. renters and housing providers who are looking for support to cover housing and utility expenses and offset the loss of income. Apply today to receive money you can use to help you pay for your rent, gas, water, and electricity. and information about STAY DC is available here and at stay.dc.gov.

HOMELESS PREVENTION PROGRAM (HPP)

HPP supports eligible families (30% of Medium Family Income or below) to prevent episodes of homelessness through case management, mediation, financial assistance (including up to 4 months of rent arrears) and connection to housing resources. Families are assessed for HPP eligibility through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC) - the central intake for the District's coordinated homelessness assistance system for familes with children.

Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/rent to learn more about the following rent and mortgage assistance programs also available in the District,

  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
  • DHCH Rental Assistance
  • 202 Assist
  • DC MAP (Mortage Assistance Program) COVID-19
  • Housing Stabilization Grants