The ERA Resource Hub offers examples of how programs are incorporating self-attestation, direct-to-tenant payments, prioritization, and other elements of design and implementation to enhance equity and efficiency within their ERA programs. While this hub offers customizable examples and ideas, ERA grantees and partners will have the best knowledge of which examples will fit their needs. We will continually update the ERA Resource Hub with new resources. If you have general feedback on the Resource Hub or have resources you would like to share, please let us know at [email protected]

Data for the Resource Hub was collected from state and local partners and from program webpages. If you are interested in more opportunities to share lessons learned and best practices related to housing needs amid COVID-19, please join NLIHC’s State and Local Implementation Working Group, held weekly on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM ET.

If you are a renter or landlord looking for assistance with rent or utilities, use NLIHC’s searchable database to find a Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program near you.

The Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program includes an unprecedented amount of funding for emergency rental assistance to help renters stay stably housed. 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, provided an additional $21.55 billion for ERA for a grand total of $46.55 billion in emergency rental assistance. States (including the District of Columbia), territories, tribal governments or tribally designated housing entities, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and local governments with more than 200,000 residents may be administering local programs as part of the federal Treasury ERA program.

Emergency Rental Assistance Checklists

Resource Hub

NLIHC has developed a series of checklists so that stakeholders can quickly assess whether their programs are visible, accessible, and preventive. Use the checklists to evaluate your program and then access the resources below to help integrate key elements into programs near you.

Access the Emergency Rental Assistance Checklists here!

  

Self-Attestation Recent Treasury guidance strongly discourages burdensome documentation requirements and provides alternative ways to verify eligibility, including self-attestation. These forms provide examples of how ERA Treasury programs are allowing applicants to attest to experiencing COVID hardship, having an income less than 80% AMI, experiencing housing instability, and having a tenant/landlord relationship in the absence of a lease.

 
Program LocationLink
WashingtonERA Resources - Self-Attestation  Multiple - Washington
WyomingERA Resources - Self-Attestation Multiple - Wyoming
Brazoria County, TXERA Resources - Self-Attestation Multiple - Brazoria County, TX
Hall County, GAERA Resources- Self-Attestation Multiple - Hall County, Georgia 
MississippiERA Resources - Self-Attestation Housing Instability - Mississippi
MississippiERA Resources - Self-Attestation Income - Mississippi
MinnesotaERA Resources - Self-Attestation Income - Minnesota
MississippiERA Resources - Self-Attestation COVID Hardship - Mississippi
Sarasota County, FLERA Resources - Self-Attestation COVID Hardship - Sarasota County, FL
West VirginiaERA Resources - Self-Attestation Lease - West Virginia
MinnesotaERA Resources - Self-Attestation Lease - Minnesota

Direct-to-Tenant.jpgRecent Treasury guidance requires programs using ERA2 to offer assistance directly to renters if landlords choose not to participate or are unresponsive. It also allows programs to provide assistance to renters first, without required outreach to landlords. The resources listed provide examples of documentation programs use to implement direct-to-tenant payments.

 
Program LocationLink
Allegheny County, PAERA Resources – DTT – Allegheny County, PA
Cameron County, TXERA Resources - DTT - Cameron County, TX
Elkhart County, INERA Resources - DTT - Elkhart County, IN
TexasERA Resources - DTT - Texas
New Orleans, LAERA Resources - DTT - New Orleans, LA

PrioritizationERA programs must report on how they will meet the statutory requirement to prioritize households with the lowest incomes. The following resources provide examples of how programs are designing their programs to prioritize households with the greatest need. Other examples of prioritization can be found in a joint report from NLIHC and CLASP, Prioritization in Emergency Rental Assistance Programs’ to Better Serve Priority Populations. In addition to federal prioritization requirements, some programs are prioritizing specific populations to target those most in need. These populations include households whose incomes are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income, households with an active eviction status, single-parent households, and households that live in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Programs are also using data tools, such as the Urban Institute’Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index to inform their program design and prioritization criteria.

Program LocationLink
Tarrant County, TXERA Resources - Prioritization Examples – Tarrant County, TX 
Austin, TXERA Resources - Prioritization Examples - Austin, TX
OregonERA Resources – Prioritization Examples - Oregon

ApplicationApplications should be clear and simple to ensure accessibility for applicants with the greatest need. Applications may also embed self-attestations to reduce burdensome documentation requirements. The following applications offer examples of how programs can achieve clear and streamlined applications.


Program LocationLink
MichiganERA Resources - Tenant Application - Michigan
Montgomery County, PAERA Resources - Tenant Application - Montgomery County, PA
MichiganERA Resources - Landlord Application - Michigan
MinnesotaERA Resources - Tenant Application - Minnesota

Dashboard.jpgProgram data dashboards offer examples of transparency, regularly updated data that can inform program corrections and communicate program progress. The following links offer examples of how programs are providing real-time updates of program progress.


Program LocationLink
Hawaii County, HIERA Resources - Program Dashboard - Hawaii County, HI
Cook County, ILERA Resources - Program Dashboard – Cook County, IL
TexasERA Resources - Program Dashboard - Texas
Fulton County, GAERA Resources - Program Dashboard - Fulton County, GA
AlaskaERA Resources - Program Dashboard - Alaska
MaineERA Resources - Program Dashboard - Maine
CaliforniaERA Resources – Program Dashboard – California
Rhode IslandERA Resources – Program Dashboard – Rhode Island

Evaluation.jpgProgram evaluations assess how successful a program was in meeting its stated goals. Evaluations can also identify shortfalls to avoid and successes to apply in future iterations of rental assistance programming. The following provides examples of evaluation reports released by emergency rental assistance administrators.


Program LocationLink
IllinoisERA Resources - Evaluation - Illinois
King County, WAERA Resources - Evaluation - King County
WashingtonERA Resources - Evaluation - Washington
Riverside County, CAERA Resources - Evaluation - Riverside County, CA

Outreach.jpgRobust and strategic outreach efforts can help ensure that assistance reaches households that need it most. The following resources provide examples of different materials ERA programs use to get the word out about available assistance.


Program LocationLink
Shelby County, TNERA Resources - Outreach - Shelby County, TN
Cameron County, TXERA Resources - Outreach - Cameron County, TX
Shelby County, TNERA Resources - Outreach - Shelby County, TN
LouisianaERA Resources - Outreach - Louisiana
TexasERA Resources - Outreach - Texas
Baldwin County, ALERA Resources - Outreach - Baldwin County, AL
Austin, TXERA Resources - Outreach - Austin, TX
MichiganERA Resources - Outreach - Michigan

Innovations.jpgERA programs continue to release resources to increase program efficiency, facilitate program transparency, and ensure assistance reaches the most marginalized renters. The resources listed below include additional ERA innovations and examples that may inform program implementation elsewhere.

 
Program LocationLink
TexasERA Resources - Program Changes- Texas
TexasERA Resources - Process Flow Chart- Texas
North CarolinaERA Resources - Landlord Tenant Agreement- North Carolina