In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.

You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected].

Please note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took unprecedented action by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

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NLIHC Research Reports

NLIHC has produced several reports on emergency rental assistance

    1. Learning from Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Lessons from Fifteen Case Studies (March 2021) The report follows our recent report on findings from a survey of 220 emergency rental assistance program administrators throughout the country. Today’s report more deeply examines 15 emergency rental assistance programs and how they evolved to better serve renters, especially the lowest-income and most marginalized renters. The report focuses on the key challenges programs administrators faced, the innovative strategies they used to address these challenges, and the lessons current and future program administrators can take away.
    2. Advancing Racial Equity in Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (January 2021) The NYU Furman Center, together with the Housing Initiative at Penn and the National Low Income Housing Coalition, recently co-authored a report describing these “first-generation” COVID rental assistance programs, based on a survey of 220 programs across the country. This brief draws upon the analysis from that survey, along with additional document review and interviews with selected program administrators. Based on these sources, the brief highlights several lessons about strategies states and localities can use to design and implement more equitable emergency rental assistance programs.
    3. Best Practices for State and Local Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (January 2021) outlines key considerations for implementing an emergency rental assistance (ERA) program using the $25 billion for ERA in the recent COVID-19 relief package. The report highlights best practices and examples from state and local programs around the country.
    4. COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance: Analysis of a National Survey of Programs (January 2021), developed in partnership with the Housing Initiative at Penn and NYU Furman Center, provides an analysis of key emergency rental assistance program design and implementation decisions from a national survey of over 200 program administrators. The report examines program decisions against program challenges and outcome metrics.
    5. Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in Response to COVID-19 (October 2020) provides a descriptive analysis of over 440 rental assistance programs created or expanded in response to COVID-19 as of October 2020. The analysis provides insight into how programs are funded, designed, and implemented.
    6. Cost of COVID-19 Evictions (November 2020) , developed in partnership with the Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program, highlights some of the public costs of eviction-related homelessness that the United States will incur if we do not provide adequate rental assistance and eviction protection.