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.”
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.