Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).  This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number ERA0202 awarded to Prince George’s County, MD Government by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Property owners, landlords or property managers 
  • Tenants whose landlords will not apply for funding on the tenants' behalf 
  • Tenants applying for utility assistance only

WHAT CAN ERAP COVER?


  • Past due rent beginning April 1, 2020, up to 18 months
  • Past due utility and home energy bill payments, up to 18 months

If the tenant applies directly for funding because their landlord will not apply on their behalf, eligible tenants can receive up to 18 months of rental assistance and/or utility payments.  

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

To be eligible for assistance, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential unit and that: 

  1. One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; 
  2. One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 
  3. The household has a household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI).  Households with income at or below 50 percent of the AMI or those who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90-days.are prioritized for assistance.

Prioritization Criteria and Methodology

DHCD will prioritize applications based on household incomes and on areas of greatest vulnerability within the County by considering the following factors:

  • Housing Stress - Rent burden: 50% of income, Overcrowded: 1.5 people per room
  • Social Factors - African-American and Latino population, population below poverty, number of single parent households (HH)
  • Pandemic Effect - Confirmed COVID-19 cases, employment in fields with layoff risk

View County map of prioritization areas and priority census tract: ERAP Census Tract

For tenant applicants:

1.  Date of submission based on volume of applications; and

2.  Tenants, who are facing eviction, will have their applications processed within 48 hours as long as application documentation requirements are met at the time of application.

 For landlord applicants: 

 1.  Rental units located within census tracts that meet risk factors such as housing stress, social factors and pandemic effect; and

  2.  Landlords who applied in Fall 2020 and did not receive assistance.

TENANTS

  • Household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI); priority given to households with income at or below 50% of AMI.  See chart below   

     

    Household Size

    Extremely low income

    (30% AMI = Maximum Income)

    VERY LOW INCOME

    (50% AMI = Maximum Income)

    LOW INCOME

    (80% AMI = Maximum Income)

    1

    $27,100

    $45,150

    $57,650

    2

    $31,000

    $51,600

    $65,850

    3

    $34,850

    $58,050

    $74,100

    4

    $38,700

    $64,500

    $82,300

    5

    $41,800

    $69,700

    $88,900

    6

    $44,900

    $74,850

    $95,500

    7

    $48,000

    $80,000

    $102,100

    8

    $51,100

    $85,150

    $108,650

     
  • A signed lease; if household does not have a signed lease, acceptable documents include: evidence of paying utilities for the residential unit or an attestation by a landlord who can be identified as the verified or management agent of the unit, or other reasonable documentation
  • One or more individuals in household qualified for unemployment or experience a reduction in household income incurred significant costs, or other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OWNERS/LANDLORDS 

In addition to the tenant eligibility requirements, landlords must also meet these requirements:

  • The property must be occupied by tenants meeting the requirements for tenant eligibility

 WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO APPLY? 

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 number (if available)A signed lease; if a household does not have a signed lease, acceptable documents include evidence of paying utilities for the residential unit or an attestation by a landlord who can be identified as the verified or management agent of the unit, or other reasonable documentation

Income Verification (Request from Tenant)

Tenants can verify their household income for Calendar Year 2020 or monthly income for 2021.  For all households members age 18 years old and older that are not full-time college students, income can be verified by one of the options listed for the timeframe you are verifying income - Calendar Year 2020 or monthly income 2021.  Documents include, but are not limited to:

  • For Calendar Year 2020:  W-2, 1040 income tax form, signed W-9, combination of W-2 and 1099 (in case of unemployment), December 2020 paystub, 12 months of bank statements, written letter (attestation) from employer stating annual income OR 

  • For Monthly Income 2021:  A minimum of 1 months of most recent paystubs, other wage statements, or bank statements demonstrating regular income; or an attestation from an employer

  • 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

OTHER TENANT DOCUMENTS

  • Tenant's Client Information Authorization 
  • Tenant Eligibility Attestation that explains the Direct or Indirect COVID-19 Hardship

Income Verification  

Tenants can verify their household income for Calendar Year 2020 or monthly income for 2021.  For all households members age 18 years old and older that are not full-time college students, income can be verified by one of the options listed for the timeframe you are verifying income - Calendar Year 2020 or monthly income 2021.  Documents include, but are not limited to:

  • For Calendar Year 2020:  W-2, 1040 income tax form, signed W-9, combination of W-2 and 1099 (in case of unemployment), December 2020 paystub, 12 months of bank statements, written letter (attestation) from employer stating annual income OR 

  • For Monthly Income 2021:  A minimum of 1 months of most recent paystubs, other wage statements, or bank statements demonstrating regular income; or an attestation from an employer

  • 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

OTHER TENANT DOCUMENTS

  • Tenant's Client Information Authorization 
  • Tenant Eligibility Attestation that explains the Direct or Indirect  COVID-19 Hardship OR detailed written statement describing reduction or loss of income due to COVID-19

LANDLORD DOCUMENTS

  • Rent Ledger
  • Copy of the 1st and last page of the Lease, which includes tenants’ names (which must match applicant(s))
  • Copy of landlord W-9 Form 
  • Property Deed
  • PGC Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Enrollment Form/Automated Clearing House (ACH) 
  • If Applicable:
    • Agent or Management Agreement
    • Executed Trust Document (if owned by a Trust)
    • Landlord Attestation in Lieu of Current Lease
If applicable:  Utility Bill(s)

  • Copies of delinquent utility bills that do not exceed 18 months

Request from Landlord Forms/Documents: 

  • Copy of landlord signed W-9 Form 
  • PGC Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Enrollment Form/Automated Clearing House (ACH)
  • Landlord Rental Assistance Agreement
  • Rent Ledger
  • Landlord Attestation in Lieu of Current Lease


CAN SOMEONE HELP ME 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
240.491.5763 (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
301.458.9808 (call to make an appointment)*

Laurel Advocacy Referral Service (LARS) (District 1)
311 Laurel Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
301.776.0442
Serving zip codes 20707 and 20708
Appointments can be booked online at:
LARS ERA Assistance


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
All organizations listed above follow the CDC guidelines to include, but not limited to: wearing face mask, hand sanitizing, sanitizing equipment and chairs, social distancing, limited persons allowed in offices.

Sign language for the hearing impaired and interpretive services can be made available. To request these services, please call 301-883-5540 ● TTY (301) 883-5428. 

Prince George’s County affirmatively promotes equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, or familial status in admission or access to benefits in programs or activities. 


SUBMITTING A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION

In addition to the assistance from the community non-profit organizations above, you can also review this presentation entitled:  How to Submit a Successful Application to learn about the forms and information DHCD needs to process your application for emergency rental assistance and utility assistance.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program - Landlord Application - Video Tutorial - For a quick video tutorial on how landlords can submit a successful Emergency Rental Assistance Program application, please click on the link below:

A Tenant Application Video Tutorial is coming.  Stay Tuned.

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before beginning the application.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

                                                 

Sign Language for the hearing impaired and interpretive services can be made available. To request these services, contact Adedamola George, Compliance Officer at (301) 883-5576 or TTY (301) 883-5428. 

Prince George’s County affirmatively promotes equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, or familial status in admission or access to benefits in programs or activities.