Richland County – Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Richland County Emergency Rental Assistance

On Monday, March 28, Richland County will continue to process existing Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) applications for eligible applicants who are currently in the review queue.

Application and priority status will be reviewed in accordance with US Treasury standards for as long as funds are available to be allocated to them.

As a reminder, applicants should keep an eye on their email and be prepared to update their information in the participant portal once the deadline has passed on March 28. If you need assistance with your application, please call the County’s call center at 855-216-9198 or send an email to the ERAP team at

In order to maintain the integrity of the process, we are unable to accept any more candidates.

Links that are of interest (PDF format)

Manual of ERA Policy and Procedures for Richland County

Priority Protocol for the European Union’s ERA

Frequently Asked Questions about the Treasury ERA


The US Department of Treasury awarded Richland County Government a $12.5 million grant to help residents who are unable to pay rent or utilities as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. The ERA (ERAP), which was adopted in December 2020 and went into force the following month, made the funding available.

ERA2, a federal program that is identical to the one that was enacted in March 2021 to assist tenants facing eviction, provided an additional $9.9 million to the County.

Under the Emergency Relief and Emergency Relief 2 programs, the County has distributed more over $17 million in relief to residents.

For those who live in the city of Columbia as a renter

In order to qualify for the city’s COVID relief grant program, tenants who live within the city limits of Columbia must submit an application to the Cooperative Ministry (803-799-3853). Individuals applying for assistance must meet the following requirements:

You must be a resident of Columbia and live inside the municipal limits.
In the event that you face eviction or a loss of utility service (help cannot be used to pay for City-owned utility services), you must demonstrate that your financial issues are a direct result of the pandemic’s loss of revenue.

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