Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Information provided by So Others Might Eat (SOME)

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible DC residents who are facing a housing emergency. A housing emergency is when immediate action is needed to avoid homelessness, to re-establish a home, or to prevent eviction.

EligibilityLow income DC residents that have a disability, over the age of 59, or the head of a household with a child under 19 may qualify. An applicant’s income may not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guideline, which ranges from $12,999 for a family of one to $26,499 for a family of four.

BenefitsERAP will pay up to $4,250

– in overdue rent for up to five months of back rent
– late costs/court fees to prevent eviction
– security deposits for a new residence
– first months rent

Families of seven or more or with a member that has a severe illness or disability can get as much as $6,000 if they face a serious threat of losing their home.

ERAP will not pay utilities, mortgage payments or other housing expenses.

 

Where to Apply

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
220 Highview Place SE
Phone: 202.574.3442

SALVATION ARMY
1434 Harvard St NW
Phone: 202.332.5000

SALVATION ARMY
3101 MLK Jr. Ave
Phone: 202.561.2000

HOUSING COUNSELING SERVICES CENTER
2410 17 th St NW
Phone: 202.667.7006

VIRGINIA WILLIAM FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
920 Rhode Island Ave NE
Phone: 202.479.2846