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13 May 2020

City of Philadelphia launches COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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May 13, 2020 Category: Coronavirus, Local Posted by:

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of Philadelphia launched an emergency rental assistance program today that is expected to keep at least 3,000 families in their homes. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will make rent payments for people who have lost income because of COVID-19.

“Unprecedented job losses have placed financial pressure on both renters and landlords,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will help thousands of Philadelphia renters and, in turn, help landlords. Keeping people in their homes is critical during this crisis.”

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Renters may begin submitting applications on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Renters who do not have access to the internet or a smartphone will be able to get program and application information by calling 3-1-1.

To be eligible, renters must: rent an apartment or house in Philadelphia, have a valid and current written lease signed by the landlord, and have lost income because of COVID-19. Renters do not have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit PHLRentAssist.org. The website is available in English and Spanish.

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