Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Available for Tenants Impacted by COVID-19

Apply at www.PikeRentHelp.com

Qualifying renters in Pike County who have experienced hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds to help with rent and utility costs.

ERAP funds may be used to assist tenants with up to 12 months of rent and utility expenses incurred between March 13, 2020 and time of application. ERAP funds may also be used to assist tenants with forward costs for rent and utilities in three-month increments.  There is a twelve-month cap on total assistance.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program was included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 which provides $25 billion nationally for pandemic-response rental assistance. The program is administered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Pike County received $3.8 million ERAP funds, which are administered through the Pike County Human Services Department.

Applicants MUST be below 80% of the County area median income. And:

  • Must have experienced a reduction of income due to COVID-19 from March 13, 2020, and be able to provide documentation of loss of income.
  • OR must have qualified for unemployment benefits.
  • OR incurred significant financial hard-ship due to COVID-19.

Family Size Income Limits include:

Family Size     Income Limit
1                         $44,350
2                        $50,650
3                        $57,000
4                        $63,300
5                        $68,400
6                        $73,450
7                        $78,500
8                       $83,600

Visit PikeRentHelp.com to apply. For more information visit www.pikeforward.com/rentalassistance or contact the Pike County Human Services Department at humanservice@pikepa.org or 570-296 3434.