HCS is one of four
District of Columbia (D.C.) community based organizations funded by the D.C.
Department of Human Service to administer the Emergency Rental Assistance
Program (ERAP). ERAP is designed to assist low income D.C. residents
respond to housing emergencies that may result in homelessness. ERAP funds
be utilized to pay rental arrearages (back rent) when eviction is
imminent, as well as security deposits and first month’s rent that will prevent a household from being homeless or to prevent family separation.
To meet basic eligible
for ERAP assistance, the applicant’s household must meet the following
of Columbia resident;
net income may not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL);
household member must be 18 years old or younger, 60 years or older, or
living with a disability.
In terms of assistance,
ERAP can provide a maximum of $4,250 to prevent eviction from a rental unit
(under certain circumstances, up to $6,000 may be provided). For security
deposit and first month’s rent
assistance, a maximum of $900 may
be provided. Applicants may only receive rental assistance once per
To apply for ERAP
through HCS please call 202-667-7006 to schedule an appointment. Households
who have received
a Writ of Eviction from D.C. Landlord-Tenant Court or are currently homeless
will receive priority appointments.