Emergency Rental Assistance Program Application Instructions What can ERAP help with? The Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides financial assistance for the following: Up to 12 months of overdue rent – going back to March 13, 2020 Up to 12 months of overdue utility or home energy costs – going back to March 13, 2020 Up to 3 months of current or future months’ rent at a time Up to 3 months of current or future months’ utility costs at a time Housing-related costs due to COVID19 such as relocation assistance, security deposit, rental application fees, accrued late fees
Each household is eligible for up to 15-18 months of assistance total under ERAP. ERAP cannot pay for rental and utility costs that have been or will be covered under another funding source (no duplication of benefits). The tenant can apply for assistance themselves or their landlord can apply for assistance on the tenant’s behalf. Tenants must sign the application and attest that all the information in the application is true.
Application Assistance Applicants are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations for disabilities, literacy and comprehension, lack of technology/internet access, and more at the time of application and throughout the process to determine eligibility. Examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to: receiving assistance from staff to complete the application, waivers of certain documentation requirements, and extended time to reply to program communications.
Applicants may also request translated versions of forms into languages other than English, as well as access to interpreter services to communicate with program staff in their primary language. Household Eligibility Information
To be eligible for ERAP, tenants must meet the following requirements:
Tenant is required to pay rent or utility costs Tenant has annual household income under 80% of the Area Median Income for their county and household size One adult in the household qualifies for unemployment assistance OR has financial hardship directly orindirectly related to COVID19 Household is at risk of losing their housing or utilities, is currently homeless, or needs to find new housing due to unsafe, unsanitary, or overcrowded housing conditions If the household has annual income below 50% of the Area Median income for their county or has a household member who has been unemployed for the last 90 days, their application will be prioritized for assistance