Harford County – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Information regarding ERAP

Eligibility

As a matter of priority, help will be provided to eligible households in whom at least one member has been unemployed for the preceding three months, as well as those with incomes that are at or below fifty percent of the median for the area in which they live.

Assistance Is Available

Homes that qualify for assistance could receive it for a period of up to a year. The settlement of current housing-related arrears that could lead to the eviction of an eligible household is given priority. This ensures that the household does not lose its home.

Harford County, Maryland Area Median Income as of 4/1/2020

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
80% Median Income ($) 54,950 62,800 70,650 78,500 84,800 91,100 97,350 103,650

 

Contact us for more information regarding the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

Community Case Administration (CCM)

Samantha Cruz, Coordinator of Programs

Way 1321 Woodbridge Station

P: 443-402-0326

F: (443) 922-9416

FAQ

COVID-19’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (COVID-19)

HCAA is providing rental assistance to households affected by the COVID-19 Crisis in order to prevent evictions caused by the epidemic.

How much money can I anticipate receiving?

The assistance is delivered in the form of a direct payment to your landlord. The amount of aid granted can vary depending on your circumstances, however, it may cover up to a year’s rent.

Who are the people who can apply?

Priority will be given to eligible households with an income that is at or below fifty percent of the area’s median income and households that contain an individual who has been unemployed for ninety days previous to applying for help.

What if I previously applied for this program and was turned down?

You are highly encouraged to apply for ERAP regardless of whether your previous funding requests to the Harford County Government were accepted.

How can I go about submitting my application?

You can either download the application or fill it out online. Documentation in the following categories must be provided by applicants:

  1. Income Verification
    • A declaration of the income lost as a result of COVID-19. Here are some samples of how this can look:
      • A letter from your employer stating that you were terminated due to COVID-19.
      • A successful COVID-19 test result
      • A letter from your doctor stating that he or she does not recommend you work because of COVID-19.
      • Pay stubs indicating the reduction in hours worked (Before the pandemic to after the pandemic)
    • The three most recent pay stubs before the position were lost or reduced in size (For example, if you resigned your employment on March 1, 2020, we’ll require the three most recent pay stubs because they were generated at that time.) PLEASE NOTE: If you have recently started a new job, we will additionally need the three most recent paystubs from that position.
    • Copy of the most current bank statement for each household member
    • W-2s and 1099s from the previous two years, as well as a self-certification form, are required

2. A notice of eviction or correspondence from your landlord informing you that your rent is overdue and the amount that is still outstanding on the rent If your rent is up to date but you are receiving a COVID-19 income reduction, you may be eligible to receive the rent for the current month.

3. A rental or lease agreement that has been completely signed and includes any addendums that may be required.

4. Photo identification for each adult resident of the home who is above the age of 18.

5. Confirmation that all members of the family have received their most recent benefits (such as unemployment or SNAP), if applicable

6. A recent utility bill in which your name, date, and address are all legibly printed (Example: BGE, phone bill, water bill)

Applications that are incomplete will not be processed.

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