COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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The City of Philadelphia announced its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. Please note that funding is limited. Not everyone who applies can be served.

The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Applications are available through Residents without internet access or a smart phone can get program and application information by calling 3-1-1.

To be eligible, renters must:

  • Rent an apartment or house in Philadelphia
  • Have a valid and current written lease signed by landlord
  • Have lost income because of COVID-19
  • Meet income guidelines

Renters do not have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible.

Renters are NOT eligible if they live in public housing or receive other government rental assistance (Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers, etc.)


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