Pennsylvania Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Do you need help to pay your rent or utility bills?
If you lost your job or are experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for rent or utility assistance through Pennsylvania’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
The program provides funds to cover rent, utility bills and other housing-related expenses for eligible households.
Who is eligible?
To qualify, a tenant’s household income must be 80 percent or less than the county Area Median Income (AMI) and they must have encountered one of the following since March 13, 2020:
- Qualified for unemployment benefits,
- Encountered a reduction in income,
- Incurred significant costs, or
- Faced other financial hardship due, directly
or indirectly, to COVID-19.
Pennsylvanians can apply for themselves as tenants, or a landlord can apply on behalf of current tenant(s). Renters can get assistance for up to 12 months of utility bills &/or rent payments. ERAP income limits vary by county (view income limits) and your local ERAP office makes the final grant determination.