What is the Philadelphia Phase 4 Rental Assistance Program?

We regret to inform you that, due to a reduction in government funding, we are no longer able to accept applications for Phase 4 of our Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program. However, we encourage you to visit eviction-diversion.phila.gov/#/ if you are a Philadelphia landlord interested in participating in the Eviction Diversion Program. If you are a renter in need of assistance, we recommend you visit phillytenant.org to learn more about your options and legal rights.

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) announced the conclusion of Phase 4 of the PHLRentAssist Program-the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program on January 6, 2022.

The PHLRentAssistProgram has been implemented in four phases by the City and the PHDC.
The program assisted those who were experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19 in making their rent payments.

Utilities were included in Phase 4

Over 38,000 households have benefited from the City’s assistance since May 2020, with over $248 million in funds disbursed to families and people who have been affected by COVID-19.
The dashboard for the program provides a breakdown of spending and will be updated on a regular basis going forward.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022, the program will come to a conclusion.
New applications will not be accepted during that time period. Also, view when COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends.

Due to the restricted amount of funding available, further applications will not be considered.
PHDC will continue to analyze and process applications that have already been submitted to the agency.

Existing applications are being examined, and any money that remains after they have been depleted will be used to pay out any outstanding payments.

Any additional funding obtained from the federal or state governments will be utilized to support applications that are already in the works at the time of receipt.

When PHDC contacts landlords or renters to request additional information in order to process their application, they should respond by logging in and making the appropriate modifications.

Landlords and tenants who have already submitted an application prior to the deadline will be able to use this website to submit any additional paperwork that may be required and to monitor the status of their submission.

Eviction Diversion will continue in its current form until January 10, 2022, when it will be replaced by a new process.

Applicants must submit their applications directly through the Eviction Diversion portal, and mediation sessions will be set up for tenants who wish to talk with their landlord.

To submit an application, landlords should go to Eviction-Diversion.Phila.gov. Learn more here



Denise Madison

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Denise Madison, age 34, is an expert in housing policy and rental assistance. Denise earned her Master’s in Public Administration from McGill University, focusing her thesis on the effectiveness of rental assistance programs in major Canadian cities. After graduation, she worked with the Canadian government before transitioning to a consulting role in the United States, aiding in the enhancement of federal housing policies and programs. Denise is known for her practical workshops and seminars aimed at landlords and tenants, fostering better understanding and compliance with housing laws. When not at work, Denise cherishes time with her husband and their three young children, exploring the outdoors and teaching them about the importance of community involvement.


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