The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has released quarterly demographic data for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs created by the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021” and the “American Rescue Plan Act.” The new data have been updated through the end of June 2022 and include quarterly demographic data about ERA recipients at both national and state levels. The data include several new data fields, including average months of assistance for prospective rent and utilities, average amount of assistance to households, number of households that submitted applications, and application acceptance rates.
Other data fields include number of applications submitted, average amount of assistance received, and spending on housing stability services and administration. The fields are broken down by quarter, funding stream, and grantee. Data about the amount of funding disbursed for housing stability services and administrative expenses by grantee are also available. These spending data points have historically been released monthly as a national aggregate.
The demographic data reveal that, similar to trends in 2021, approximately 40% of households served identified as Black or African American. Approximately two in 10 households identified as Hispanic or Latino and 2% of households served identified as Asian. Nearly two-thirds of all households served (64%) had extremely low incomes.
The ERA1 and ERA2 quarterly data can be found at: https://bit.ly/3Tn6ojp