Lancaster County COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance

COVID-19 Asistencia de emergencia para alquiler y servicios públicos

Helpline: 717-590-3101

Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities intend to start processing applications by 3/22/2021 and expect a large number of applications for this assistance. This is not a first come first serve program and applications will be prioritized by arrears and eviction notices. We will provide additional resources and updates on processing applications.

Eligible Assistance

  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance.
  • The payment of existing housing-related arrears that could result in eviction of an eligible household is prioritized.

Eligible Households

  • Households that experienced a COVID-19 pandemic related job or income loss or related expense; and
  • demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • have a household income that is 80% or less the Area Median Income (AMI)

Rent Assistance

  • Rent including rental arrears.
  • Eligible assistance with rent arrears as far back as March 13, 2020, (assuming no other financial assistance has been provided for the same months).
  • Maximum monthly rent payments may include rent, late fees or penalties due to nonpayment, pet fees, and utilities covered by the landlord.
  • Maximum monthly rent will be established at time of initial application submission and review of the tenant’s lease agreement (written or 3rd party verified documentation showing residency and past payments).
    • Written signed and current lease; or

Utilities and Home Energy Costs

  • Utilities and home energy costs including arrears, with or without the need for rent assistance.
    • Utilities are defined as separately-stated electricity, gas, water and sewer, and trash removal costs.
    • Home energy costs are defined as fuel oil (propane gas, heating oil).
    • Eligible assistance with utility arrears as far back as March 13, 2020, (assuming no other financial assistance has been provided for the same months).

Other Expenses Related to Housing

  • Other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly, to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, as defined by the Secretary.
    • Eviction court fees and legal representation for non-payment of rent and utilities only
      • Eligible households will provide a bill, invoice, or evidence of payment
    • Security deposits, first month’s rent to ensure eligible households’ stability due to permanent or temporary relocation due to COVID-19.
      • Eligible households will provide notice of non-renewal of current lease, or other evidence of notice to temporarily relocate due to COVID-19

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.lchra.com/rent/.

Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities
28 Penn Square, Suite 200
Lancaster, PA 17603

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