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) and the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP), which are administered by DHS.
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a new $10 million investment in Housing Stabilization Grants to provide support for the District’s portfolio of affordable and small housing providers. The grants will utilize federal CARES Act funding to cover rent arrears during the COVID-19 public health emergency in order to assist renters and to stabilize properties that may be heading toward distress. Read more about the grants here.
- 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. District residents earning above the 40% AMI are connected to a local nonprofit to be evaluated for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP).
Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program information page to learn more about the program.
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 Rent Assistance, Eviction Prevention and Housing Resources
In addition to ERAP and HPP, the District offers the following rent assistance and eviction prevention programs including:
- COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
- DHCD Rental Assistance
- 202 Assist
- DC MAP (Mortage Assistance Program) COVID-19
- Housing Stabilization Grants
To learn more about these programs, mortage resources, and utility information, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/rent.