Emergency Rental Assistance Program

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OPENS:  THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will offer relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through its 3rd round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

WHO CAN APPLY?

Owners, landlords or property managers holding a valid rental license with occupied rental units.  Tenants may apply directly only if their landlord will not apply for funding on their behalf or if the tenant is only applying for utility assistance.


WHAT CAN ERAP COVER?

Landlords may apply for each tenant’s delinquent rental payments beginning on or after April 1, 2020.  The monthly amount of assistance is based on the actual rent value less all late fees, interest, and other costs associated with the tenant’s default.  DHCD will provide funding for rent only, up to 12 months.  If the tenant applies directly for funding because their landlord will not apply on their behalf, eligible tenants can receive up to 6 months of rental assistance and/or utility payments.

There will be two different portals for landlords and tenants to upload their application and supporting documentation.  It is strongly advised that all applicants review the Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to submitting the application.

NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THE APPLICATION?

The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development has partnered with several community non-profit organizations to assist county landlords and tenants with completing the application and uploading it into the proper on-line portal. These organizations include:

Casa de Maryland – Council District 2
8151 15th Avenue
Langley Park, MD 20783
301.257-8851 (call to make an appointment)*

Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) – Council District 2
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 555
Hyattsville, MD 20782
667.260.7728 (call to make an appointment)*

Centro De Apoyo Familiar (CAF) – Council District 3
6901 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 110
Riverdale, MD 20737
301.328.3292 (call to make an appointment)*

Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) - Council District 3
6201 Riverdale Road, Ste 200
Riverdale, MD 20737
301.468.9808 (call to make an appointment)*

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP) – Council District 6
1400 Doewood Lane
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
301.322.5700 (call to drop off application package)

Mission of Love (MOLC) – Council District 7
6180 Old Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
301.333-4440 (call to make an appointment)

Housing Options & Planning Enterprises, Inc. – Council District 8
6188 Oxon Hill Road, Suite 700
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
301.567-3330 (call to make an appointment)*

*Bilingual Staff

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

TENANT ELIGIBILITY

In order to receive financial assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, tenant households must meet the following minimum requirements:  

  • The Tenant has a valid lease in their name;  

  • The household has experienced a COVID-19 triggering event such as household/tenant qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19.  

  • Income eligible families whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as determined by HUD, and adjusted for household size; and

  • The household cannot receive rental assistance from any other source, including, but not limited to, federal, state and local rental assistance programs, for the same period of time the ERA is requested. 

OWNER/LANDLORD QUALIFICATIONS

To receive financial assistance under the ERA program, owners, landlords and property managers must: 

  • Have a valid County issued rental license for the property;  

  • The property must be occupied by tenants with a valid lease; and

  • Owners/Landlords/Property Managers will be required to provide their W-9 for tax reporting purposes. Funds received through the ERA Program may be considered income to the tenant and may be subject to taxes by the IRS.  Please consult with your tax preparer/advisor for more information.

 SUBMISSION DOCUMENTATION

Landlords and tenants applying for assistance from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program must submit their application with the following documentation:

Landlord-Based ApplicationsTenant-Based Applications
Landlords: name, address, and Social Security number, tax identification number and DUNS numberValid photograph identification for applicant(s)

Income Verification:

  • The tenant household’s total income for calendar year 2020 (such as paystubs, W-2s or other wage statements, tax filings, bank statements demonstrating regular income, or an attestation from an employer), OR 

  • Sufficient confirmation of the household’s monthly income at the time of application, as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury 


Copy of the Lease which includes tenants’ names which must match applicant(s)


Rent Ledger


Copy of last tax return filed for applicant(s)
Copy of the 1st and last page of the Lease, which includes tenants’ names (which must match applicant(s))Documentation from former or current employer regarding loss of job or hours for each affected member of the household

Copy of landlord W-9 Form


Copy of last paycheck earnings information from employer for each member of the household who is over the age of 18 and not a full-time college student who lost their job – Optional

Copy of landlord’s rental license


If applicable:
Copy of last paycheck earnings information from employer for each member of the household who is over the age of 18 and not a full-time college student who is working at the time of the application;
  • Copies of last two months of checking and saving bank statements or other savings accounts for each member of the household who is over the age of 18 and not a full-time college student;
  • Current copy of Social Security or other monthly government income/benefits if applicable to any member of the household;
  • Current copy of pension statement if applicable to any member of the household;
  • Current copies of alimony or child support payments, if applicable;
  • Copies of unemployment benefits for each affected member of the household.
PGC Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Enrollment Form/Automated Clearing House (ACH)

Landlord Forms/Documents Needed for Tenant Application Submission:

  • Copy of landlord W-9 Form
  • Copy of landlord’s rental license
  • PGC Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Enrollment Form/Automated Clearing House (ACH)
  • Landlord Rental Assistance Agreement
  • Rent Ledger
Rental Assistance Agreement


NOTICE OF AWARD AND ACCEPTANCE

Once your application is submitted, you will not be able to go back into the Portal to make additional changes to your application unless directed by DHCD.  DHCD will review your application and contact you via e-mail regarding any discrepancies or missing information for your application.  It is important that you monitor your e-mail for any messages from DHCD.

Applying for funding through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program does not guarantee you will be awarded the full amount. Your application is subject to review by DHCD and funding availability.  Following DHCD's review and if approved, you will be e-mailed a notice of approval with the dollar value of the approved rental assistance.  Landlords will receive the Rental Assistance Agreement which is non-negotiable. Tenants will receive an affidavit which will require certification.  Each must indicate acceptance of the final amount of assistance, as determined by DHCD, to receive payment.

It is important that you monitor your e-mail for any messages from DHCD.

Please review the instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before beginning the application.

                        Instructions for Landlords                                                              FAQs for Landlords

                        Instructions for Tenants                                                                 FAQs for Tenants

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