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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

STAY DC is not accepting applications starting October 27, 2021. If you are responding to a previously submitted housing provider application or have applied to STAY DC and want to check your application status, please click here.

If you still need rental assistance, you may qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (see details below)

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: https://erap.dhs.dc.gov

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