Deadline approaches for emergency rental assistance program

Have you lost income because of COVID-19? Are you having trouble paying your rent? The City of Philadelphia might be able to help.

Philadelphia is launching a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  It aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. It makes payments directly to your landlord.

You can see if you are eligible on the Apply page. You can also see what documents you will need to provide.

The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Funding is limited. Not every applicant will receive assistance.

All selected tenants will receive rent assistance for up to three consecutive months for up to $2,500 total. If funding permits we will try to provide ongoing assistance for up to a year for renters who still need help after three months.

Your situation will be re-evaluated every three months. Depending on your situation you may receive emergency rental assistance for three months, six months, nine months or one year. Assistance is limited to $2,500 per three-month period.

If you would like to donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, thank you! Your donation will help Philadelphians remain in their homes and prevent homelessness.