How and where to apply for emergency rental dollars

Wednesday, August 11, 2021


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With a new eviction moratorium in place for most renters through Oct. 3, tenants will have almost two months to apply for and receive emergency rental assistance (ERA) funds to repay back rent for COVID-related problems and, hopefully, avoid eviction. 

The federal government is distributing $46 billion to states and localities to help keep renters in their homes. To learn about local rental assistance programs, use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rental assistance tool. This information is also available in Spanish.

The emergency funds cover up to 18 months of rent, utilities, or, if needed, moving expenses and a security deposit.

Also visit the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s rental assistance database.

While typically tenants apply for the emergency rental help, landlords can qualify too. 

Click here to learn what you need to apply.

For more information, join the CFPB’s webinar for community groups that assist consumers on Aug. 18, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

For homeowners seeking help, a new CFPB rule requires mortgage servicers to provide a timely and meaningful evaluation for a loan modification starting Aug. 31.





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