The Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program (ERAP) serves Chester County residents and can only be accessed by dialing 2-1-1. Please follow the three steps below:

  1. Press 2 for Homelessness and Housing Crisis
  2. Press 2 for Chester County
  3. Press 2 for Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program

Funding will serve individuals and families that are obligated to pay rent and meet the following three criteria:

  • Households obligated to pay rent.
  • Qualified for unemployment or have experienced financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median (income limits are subject to change per guidance from the federal government).

Once the client has contacted 2-1-1 for intake and referral, they will need to gather information for submission. Those who are eligible can use the emergency rent and utility funding to pay for outstanding rent, electricity, gas, water, and sewer; and energy costs such as fuel oil or propane, over a 15-month period.

For individuals that have already submitted an ERAP application and are requesting a status update, please follow the steps below:

  1. Press 2 for Homelessness and Housing Crisis
  2. Press 2 for Chester County
  3. Press 3 for a status update

To learn more about ERAP, click here