Philadelphia

Philadelphia Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of Philadelphia and PHDC announced the Phase 4 shutdown of the PHLRentAssist Program—the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program—on January 6, 2022.

The City and PHDC jointly ran the PHLRentAssistProgram in four phases. The program assisted individuals who were experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19 in paying their rent. Phase 4 involved the installation of utilities.

Since May 2020, the City has assisted over 38,000 homes and distributed over $248 million to families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. The dashboard for the program tracks spending and will be updated on a regular basis.

The program will close at 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022. At that time, no additional applications will be accepted. Due to the limited remaining funding, further applications will not be accepted. PHDC will continue to review and handle existing applications.

Current applications are being processed and will be paid out of available funds until they are depleted. Additional funding from the Federal or State Governments will be utilized to advance applications already in the process.

Landlords and tenants who have been notified by PHDC for additional information necessary to process their application should respond, login, and make any necessary adjustments. Landlords and tenants who submitted before the deadline will be able to access https://rent-assist.phila.gov/#/ to provide any required documentation and check the status of their application.

The City’s Eviction Diversion program will continue under a new method beginning January 10, 2022. Landlords must apply directly through the Eviction Diversion portal, and mediation sessions will be organized for renters who wish to talk with their landlord. Landlords interested in applying should visit Eviction-Diversion.Phila.gov.

At www.phillytenant.org, tenants may learn about their rights and duties.