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Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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Authored By: DC Department of Human Services


The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps District residents earning less than 40% of the Area Median Income (AMI) who are facing housing emergencies, by providing funding for overdue rent including late fees and court costs if the qualified household is facing eviction. The program also supports security deposits and the first month's rent for residents moving into new apartments. The amount paid on behalf of eligible households depends on a household's income and available resources and is subject to certain limitations. 

Per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Rent Reasonableness Guidelines, ERAP may provide up to five times the rental amount based on the area zip code and bedroom size of the apartment/house. 

To view eligibility requirements and apply for ERAP, please click the following link:

Additional information about ERAP income eligibility and fair market rent in the District is available here.


The ERAP portal opens quarterly, on January, April, July, and October 1st. Each quarter, DHS will close the portal once 3,500 applications are received. Check here for the current opening status. 


Last Review and Update: Jan 17, 2017
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