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.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
- ERAP helps income-eligible District residents who earn less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Level facing housing emergencies by providing funding for overdue rent if a qualified household is facing eviction (including late costs and court fees). The program also supports security deposits and first month's rent for residents moving to 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. ERAP may provide up to 5 months of rent arears of $4,250, whichever is less. Eligible households may only apply once a year. District residents earning above the 125% Federal Poverty Level are connected to one of the three local nonprofits to be evaluated for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program (CHAP).
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
To learn more about these programs, mortage resources, and utility information, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/rent.
Additional Information About ERAP & CHAP
Detailed information about ERAP and CHAP, including eligibility requirements and how to appy, may be viewed and downloaded here.