Updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Posted By: Michael Fazio, CAS News,

Updated Federal Rental Assistance FAQs Released

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a $25 billion dollar grant program established by Congress in the December COVID-19 relief package. While additional guidance from the Treasury is forthcoming, these FAQs present a framework for how state and local government grantees should design their programs for distributing the funds and who is eligible for the assistance.  

The revised FAQs outline: 

  • Renter household eligibility, including guidance that at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria: 
    • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; 
    • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 
    • Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median. 
  • Available assistance, noting that eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus potential for an additional three months; and 
  • Application process, detailing that eligible households OR rental housing providers can apply on behalf of eligible households. 

The National Apartment Association (NAA) will continue to keep members updated as the additional guidance from the Treasury Department is released.