In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states have created or expanded emergency rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic. The December 2020 COVID-19 relief package included $25 billion in urgently needed emergency rental assistance for tenants with low incomes and established the Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERA) under the administration of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The “American Rescue Plan Act,” enacted in March 2021, provides an additional $21.55 billion for ERA for a grand total of $46.55 billion in emergency rental assistance.

The Treasury ERA program includes an unprecedented amount of funding for emergency rental assistance to help renters stay stably housed. The U.S. Department of the Treasury allocated the initial tranche of funds in late January 2021, as well as published several iterations of guidance from January through May. This dashboard shares information about programs and key design and implementation features that enable them to serve the lowest-income and most marginalized renters in need of housing assistance. The latest Treasury guidance strongly encourages flexible program design so that grantees may extend this emergency assistance to vulnerable populations without imposing undue documentation burdens. NLIHC will continue to monitor these trends. If you are aware that an ERA program includes these features, but we do not recognize them here, please let us know at [email protected].

NLIHC has also developed an ERA Resource Hub with additional materials to help programs implement practices for an equitable distribution of assistance to those most in need.

Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Dashboard

0 Treasury ERA programs in database

0 Programs serving households with federal rent subsidy ?

0 Programs allowing self-attestation?

0 Programs allowing direct-to-tenant assistance?

0 Programs with additional prioritization?

State / TerritoryProgramProgram StatusSelf-AttestationAllowable Areas of Self-AttestationDirect to TenantHouseholds with Federal Rent Subsidy EligiblePrograms with Additional PrioritizationCommunities Served