​Who is Eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Tenants and landlords can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  Landlords may apply, but the tenant must meet the ERAP eligibility guidelines below.

A household must be responsible to pay rent on a residential property, and:

  • One or more people within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits, had a decrease in income, had increased household costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • One or more individuals in the household can show a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; AND
  • The household has an income at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).

Monroe County 80% Area Median Income (AMI) Levels
Resources (such as bank accounts and cars) will not be considered when you apply for ERAP.

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Do I qualify if I receive Section 8 or subsidized housing assistance?
An eligible household that lives in a federally subsidized residential or mixed-use property may receive ERAP assistance as long as ERAP funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.  This would include Section 8 housing.

If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may receive ERAP assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that are not subsidized.​