St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance Program extends its deadline to November 19

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- St. Joseph County’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program is now accepting applications through November 19, 2021.

The program can provide up to 12 to 15 months of rental and or utility assistance for eligible renters and landlords.

This program is designed to help those whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and hopes to decrease evictions, increase housing stability, and prevent homelessness by helping tenants with rent and utility payments.

The St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program may provide temporary rental and utility assistance for applicants who meet all of the following;

  • Are currently a resident of St. Joseph County
  • Name appears on the rental lease
  • Income is less than 80% of the median household income in St. Joseph County and demonstrate housing instability or risk of homelessness due to COVID-19

Applicants MUST meet one of the following three requirements and provide documents as proof;

  • A member of the applicant's household has received unemployment benefits since April 1, 2020
  • The applicant's household has experienced a reduction in household income due to an involuntary job layoff, reduced work hours, or reduced pay
  • The applicant's household incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19

Applicants that indicate one of the following conditions during the initial application phase will receive priority application review;

  • Applicants that indicate they have received a notice of eviction
  • Applicants that indicate a household member is unemployed at the time the application has been submitted and has been for ninety (90) days prior to the date of submission of the application; or
  • Applicants with a household income at or below 50% of HUD’s published Fiscal Year Income Limits for 2020

For more info or to apply, please visit St. Joseph County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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