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Renters and landlords can find out what emergency rental assistance covers, how it works, and who’s eligible on the interagency housing portal hosted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Keeping Families in their Homes

Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans face deep rental debt and fear evictions and the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 has exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and that has deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery that must work for everyone.

To meet this need, the Emergency Rental Assistance program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Two separate programs have been established: ERA1 provides up to $25 billion under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was enacted on December 27, 2020, and ERA2 provides up to $21.55 billion under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11, 2021. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and (in the case of ERA1) Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.

Find rental assistance

View an index of all emergency rental assistance programs to find assistance near you.

Recent updates

May

April

  • Reallocation: On April 11, 2022, Treasury updated the form for requesting voluntarily reallocated funds: Request for Reallocated Funds with Exhibit C – Voluntarily Reallocated Funds (Grantees that wish to request voluntarily reallocated ERA1 funds should now input their requests directly in the Portal). 

March

February

January

  • Promising practices: On January 14, 2022, Treasury published promising practices for using commitment letters to assist prospective renters. These practices highlight the opportunity to help those who need to prove to a prospective landlord that they can access future rent assistance in order to be stably housed.
  • Reporting: On January 7, 2022, Treasury released the November ERA report. Emergency Rental Assistance Disbursed $2.9 Billion in November in Largest Month for Program
  • Reallocation: On January 7, 2022, Treasury updated forms relevant for the second round of reallocation:
    • Request for reallocated funds: Requests for reallocated funds from Round 2 were required to be submitted to Treasury portal by January 21, 2022. Treasury will provide details on the process for requesting reallocated funds from the upcoming round in the coming weeks. Please do not email requests using prior forms.
    • Reallocated Funds Form with Exhibit C- Voluntary Reallocated Funds. This form is now superseded by an updated form.
  • Reallocation: On January 7, Treasury released the reallocation amounts for ERA1 Round 1 Reallocation  and Voluntary Reallocation
  • Program and service design: On January 7, 2022, Treasury updated its guidelines for program websites to include resources for grantees to improve access for those with limited English proficiency

December

  • Report fraud, waste, and abuse: On December 16, 2021, Treasury added details on how to report fraud, waste, and abuse for ERA grantees and applicants.
  • Reallocation: Reallocated Funds Form with Exhibit C- Voluntary Reallocated Funds
  • Reallocation: On December 9, Treasury published the template letter for requesting excess funds to be voluntarily reallocated (such requests should now be input directly in the Portal).
  • Promising practices: On December 9, Treasury updated the promising practices for fact-specific proxies to highlight grantee use of proxies, detail the advantages to using this practice, and considerations to take when implementing a proxy.

November

October

September

August

  • FAQs: On August 25, 2021, FAQs were revised to provide further clarification on the use of self-attestation and to describe methods of speeding payments to eligible households.
  • Promising practices: On August 4, 2021, Treasury updated promising practices around eviction diversion including the addition of a maturity model and example self-attestation forms.
  • Reporting: All Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1 and ERA2) Recipients have been notified of the requirement to submit Q2 partial reports via Treasury’s Portal by August 6, 2021.

June

  • FAQs: On June 24, 2021, Treasury updated its previously issued ERA FAQs to provide updates regarding ERA1 and ERA2 programs. All eligible entities should review these FAQs, which provide important information regarding the ERA.

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