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 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
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
Washington, DC 20009
Monday - Friday
- Email: [email protected]
- Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Programs - Frequently Asked Questions
- ERAP Information Updates for Stakeholders Presentation (PDF)
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