States and localities must submit completed payment information and a signed acceptance of award terms to the U.S. Department of the Treasury by 11:59 pm ET tomorrow, January 12, 2021 to receive their share of rental assistance funds.
The Treasury Department on January 6 published important information about its $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities. These funds were approved in the most recent emergency COVID-19 stimulus package, thanks to the dedicated work of advocates across the nation and the leadership of our congressional champions!
Payments will be made directly to states, territories, tribal governments, and local governments with more than 200,000 residents. For a state or locality to get its share of ERA funds, they must submit completed payment information and a signed acceptance of award terms by 11:59 pm ET on January 12, 2021.
NLIHC encourages advocates to contact local and state governments to ensure they are aware of this imminent deadline and take the necessary actions to receive funds, including submitting the form accepting award terms and completing the electronic submission document. The Treasury Department posted a list of eligible cities and counties and additional information on the steps governments must take to receive these critical rental assistance funds.
While we await further details from Treasury, NLIHC sent a letter on January 8 to the incoming Bident administration to encourage Treasury to issue clear and timely guidance to allow states and localities to serve households in need efficiently and effectively.
Treasury’s webpage on the Emergency Rental Assistance program is at: https://bit.ly/38oYPV6
Treasury’s list of eligible units of local government is at: https://bit.ly/2JRBIJt
See NLIHC’s Emergency Rental Assistance Frequently Asked Questions document at: https://bit.ly/2L2O5Dn