What is the COVID-19 ERA Program?

The purpose of the COVID-19 Low-Income ERA Program is to provide emergency rental assistance for the payment of rent and utilities, for low-income households whose income is at or below 80% of the Median Income, who face potential eviction or homelessness, and who are Tribal members and other Indian families who have disproportionately suffered from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can assist with delinquent rent and/or utilities as far back as March 2020 and up to December 2021 with a cap of 12-months of assistance per household. The COVID-19 Low-Income ERA Program does not assist homeowners to cover their mortgage payments, utilities, or energy costs unless the applicant and household are on a “rent-to-own” agreement or Mutual Help and Occupancy Agreement.