Rent Relief Programs Coast-to-Coast
When the pandemic was first declared, we compiled a list of ways you can give and receive support from various federal and state programs. We also worked behind the scenes to bring to life Home Comes First, a resident communication program, which introduced a dedicated hotline and deferment program to support residents as we all navigated the uncharted territory of COVID-19 together.
As our communities across the nation begin to put their reopening plans into motion, we're continuously looking at resources for our residents who have been most impacted. State and federal programs continue to be released as it was made clear more funding was needed. In fact, it was estimated between $76 billion and $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is necessary to ensure housing stability over the next year.
We’ve compiled a list of
resident relief resources, by state.
Arizona: $5 Million Rental Assistance Funds
Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance Program was launched by the Arizona Department of Housing and is made available to eligible households under the following conditions:
1) Primary residence is a rental located in Arizona, and
2) [Resident] has seen a reduction in income due to COVID-19 that, when annualized, does not exceed 100 percent of the area median income adjusted for family size for the county in which they reside.
California: $25 Billion Rental Relief Fund & COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
For households who have recently lost jobs in Los Angeles, rent subsidies are available as part of the next round of the CARES Act. Applications must be received by May 31, 2020
In Northern California, the city of San Jose, the county, and nonprofits and companies have contributed $11 million to the Santa Clara County Fund to help low-income households pay rent and other crucial bills.
California lawmakers are currently working on two proposals designed to provide $25 billion in economic relief and rent payment assistance in which property managers would be asked to forgive rent payments in exchange for rent credits. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program would provide direct rental payment relief to renters who are unable to pay rent due to the pandemic, as well as to property managers who agree to specified terms (i.e., forgoing rent increases and late charges).
Colorado: $74K Rent Relief Fund + $125K Housing Grants
Colorado property managers raised $74,000 for a rent relief fund to help renters who lost income or suffered illness due to the pandemic. The Colorado Apartment Association is asking for others to contribute to the national Resident Relief Foundation’s $10 million fund which will ensure donations from Coloradans will help Colorado residents. In addition, the Colorado Association of REALTORS Foundation announced $125,000 in grants to three Colorado nonprofits to assist residents with housing-related emergencies.
Out of $20 million in CARES Act funds being deployed in Denver, $4 million will support rent and utility assistance.
Florida: $1.8 Million One-Time Rental Assistance & Renters Relief Program
Temporary emergency programs for renters who lost their job during the Pandemic are offered in the cities of Hialeah and Miami, including a forgivable loan of $1,000.
The city of Miramar is offering an emergency rent and utility assistance program for low-income residents dealing with unemployment or pay cuts. Relief payments are to cover a maximum of three past-due rent and utility costs (up to $7,000 per household) and are not required to be repaid by residents.
Georgia: Rent Assistance
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry, and Decatur Cooperative Ministry are among a few organizations in Atlanta, Decatur, and Dekalb County offering assistance with rent, rental deposits, and food.
Nevada: $2 Million Emergency Rental Assistance
Over $2 million in emergency rental assistance is available for Nevada families needing relief. Funding can be accessed through United Way of Southern Nevada and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra.
New Jersey: $100 Million Rental Assistance Program & Rent Suspension
New Jersey’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program offers $100 million in aid for residents affected by COVID-19. Residents also will not be denied if they request rent relief from their property manager if they come to a reasonable repayment structure with their landlord.
New Mexico: $1.6 Million Rental Assistance HUD Grants
$1.6 million was granted to public housing authorities in 14 counties by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
New York: COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program
Renters impacted by the crisis could have their rent waived or suspended as part of a three-bill package allocating funds to support small property managers through the Rent Relief Plan, which would require managers to offer the option to push security deposits towards future rent.
North Carolina: $9+ Billion Federal Housing Assistance
There are many programs currently in the works to provide grants that can be used for rental programs – this is part of a $5 billion Community Development Block Grant
In Charlotte, city council members approved plans to set aside $1.05 million from the $5.7 million from the CARES Act for rent relief. The program includes funds for three months of rent.
Oregon: $8.5 Million Rental Assistance
The Oregon Legislature’s emergency board released $12 million in housing assistance that can be used for those who need help paying rent and to pay for hotel rooms for specific individuals, like farmers or those without stable housing.
In Portland, there are federal grants totaling $500,000 to provide emergency relief for those who cannot pay rent or utilities due to financial hardships.
Pennsylvania: ~$400 Million CARES Act Funds
The Pennsylvania Apartment Association’s Coronavirus Emergency Assistance Fund (PHL COVID-19 Fund) is available for renters who need emergency funds right now.
House advocates are calling for the Legislature to prioritize housing assistance immediately.
South Carolina: $5 Million COVID-19 Rental Assistance & $150K Emergency Housing Assistance Fund
Eligible households can receive up to $1500 in relief payments through emergency rental assistance provided by South Carolina Housing
Additionally, the Emergency Housing Assistance Fund was launched with $150,000 in funds to help families struggling with unemployment and housing needs by United Way of Greenville County.
Texas: $11.3 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund
The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Program allocates one-time emergency rental assistance to renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
In Dallas, the City Council passed a Million Rent Relief Fund to provide rental, mortgage, and utilities assistance, while
The Houston Mayor proposed $15 million in emergency rental assistance for low-income-to-moderate-income residents. San Antonio’s City Council approved a $25 million COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program to aid residents who need help with rent.
Virginia: $52+ Million Rental Assistance HUD Grants
Over $52 million n in federal funding will be spread across Virginia to go towards supporting residents with affordable housing during the pandemic. At the local level, Loudon County residents have access to a $200,000 rental assistance program. In Alexandria, short-term emergency rental assistance is available to renters experiencing housing insecurity due to loss of income caused by COVID-19. The funds provide $600 a month for up to three months and go directly to property owners.
Washington: $9 Million Rental Assistance Funds
The Washington State Department of Commerce is providing rental assistance to help low-income households pay their rent and energy bills.
Wyoming: $500 Million CARES Act Distribution
On the table for discussion is a program that would compensate property managers for unpaid rent. Additional funding is set to be deployed with the $1.25 billion the state received through the CARES Act.