The District has rental assistance programs and housing resources to help residents prevent eviction. DHS is working closely with our District agency partners to establish and implement a coordinated, interagency plan to mitigate housing instability and eviction, and to prevent a surge in homelessness due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Following is an overview of rental assistance programs, services and resources available in the District including the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP), and STAY DC (Stronger Together By Assisting You), which are administered by DHS.
STAY DC (Stronger Together By Assisting You)
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced the launch of STAY DC, 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. Learn more about STAY DC here and by visting stay.dc.gov.
- 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 depents on a household's income and available resources, and is subject to certain limitations.
On Monday, April 12, 2021, Mayor Bowser announced the launch of Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAY DC), a new platform to consolidate the District’s rental assistance programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency. DC renters seeking assistance with their rent or utilities due to hardships experienced during the public health emergency can apply on the new platform stay.dc.gov.
Homelessness 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.
Additional Housing Resources
To learn more about these programs, mortgage resources, and utility information, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/rent.