The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed to assist low-income District of Columbia residents who face housing emergencies.  An emergency through this program is defined as a situation in which immediate action is needed to avoid homelessness or eviction, to re-establish a home or prevent displacement from a home.

Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be presented with an emergency (i.e., a situation in which immediate action is necessary to avoid homelessness or eviction, to re-establish a home or prevent displacement from a home);
  2. Be part of an application unit with an emergency with at least 1 member who is:
    1. A minor child age 18 years or younger; 
    2. Age 60 years or older; 
    3. A person with a disability;
    4. A Single DC resident;
  3. Demonstrate that he or she has no other available resources for resolving the emergency, including resources actually available from a community resource, but excluding those exempted; and
  4. Demonstrate the provision of ERAP services will substantially, if not entirely alleviate the emergency during the 30 day period immediately following the authorization of payment.  If the permissible assistance payment does not entirely eliminate the emergency, the applicant must provide reliable convincing information that the remaining necessary amount is actually available from another source or that the landlord will accept partial payment or longer term repayment, which is within the applicant’s financial means to execute. Failure to demonstrate that the emergency can be resolved will result in a denial of eligibility for ERAP.
  5. Eligible applicants may receive assistance once within a 12 month period.

Go Back