Emergency Assistance COVID-19

This program is now accepting applications.

In this time of national emergency, assistance is available to help with mortgage, rent, and utilities. The options below offer different levels of assistance based on a household’s situation, considering program and funding limitations and guidelines.

  1. Rent & Utility Assistance
  2. Mortgage Assistance
  3. Other Resources

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA)

This program is only available for renters. See the Mortgage Assistance tab for assistance with mortgages. 

Unable to make rental payments because of financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic? The ERA program may be able to assist with rent, utilities, deposit assistance, and internet (only available for renters). All applicants must meet income eligibility criteria and must have a documented loss of income due to COVID-19. 

You may be eligible to receive:

  • Help with past due rent and/or utilities. 
    • This ERA program does not cover mortgage assistance or utility assistance to people with mortgages. See the Mortgage Assistance tab for assistance with mortgages. 
  • Assistance includes payment of rent three months forward.

Eligibility:

To be eligible, a household must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling (e.g., lease agreement, rental agreement, etc.) within Jefferson County or be seeking to rent a residential dwelling within the County.
  • 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 due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Be homeless or one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (e.g., overdue rent or utilities); and 
  • The household has a household income at or below 80% of area median income, or AMI (defined below). 
Number of People in Household
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Maximum Income (80% AMI)
$55,950
$63,950
$71,950
$79,900
$86,300
$92,700
$99,100
$105,500


How to Apply:
Apply for the ERA Program for rent and utility assistanceThe application works best in Google Chrome.

The application will ask questions such as your address, contact information, landlord contact information, lease and utility information, and income-related questions. The application will ask for information on all household members (name, birthdate, Social Security Number, etc.). Applicants will need to upload the following:

  • Photo IDs for each adult (18 years old and older) in the household
  • Proof of income, either 2020 Tax Returns for all adults in the household or the most recent 2 months proof of all income for all adults
  • Proof of COVID impact
  • A current, signed lease (if seeking rent assistance)
  • Current utility bill(s) (if seeking utility assistance)

If you have questions or need help completing the application, submit a help request.

Partners
These Jefferson County partners also offer assistance and the same ERA applications. Program recipients may not receive assistance from other sources to cover the same expense.