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Utilizing Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 funds, Greenville County is launching the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (“ERAP”). This program will provide residential rent and utility assistance for qualified residents of Greenville County.

Eligibility

An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  1. Qualifies for unemployment due to COVID‐19, has experienced a reduction in household income due to COVID‐19, or has incurred significant costs due to COVID‐19 or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19;
    AND
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (including eviction notice, utility shutoff notice, past due rent notice, past due utility notice, or any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing stability);
    AND
  3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income.
Household
Size
50% Area Median Income
80% Area Median Income

1
$26,250
$41,950

2
$30,000
$47,950

3
$33,750
$53,950

4
$37,450
$59,900

5
$40,450
$64,700

6
$43,450
$69,500

7
$46,450
$74,300

8
$49,450
$79,100


* Household income will be determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application. For household incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility will be re‐determined every 3 months.


Priority Applicants

Eligible households will be prioritized in the following order based on the characteristics stated below:

  1. Households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median
  2. Households with an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to the application for assistance
  3. Households in active eviction status


Eligible Expenses

  • Rent
  • Rental arrears, including contracted late fees
  • Utility arrears (includes the following: electricity, gas, and water)


Ineligible Expenses

  • Telecommunication services (telephone, cable or internet)
  • Any other expenses not expressly listed as eligible expenses


Level of Assistance

  • Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance (measured from April 1, 2020), plus an additional 3 months if the applicant is able to demonstrate that the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and funds are available.
  • Assistance will be provided to reduce an eligible household’s rental arrears before the applicant will be evaluated for its eligibility for assistance for future rent payments.
  • Assistance for future (i.e. non‐delinquent) rent expenses may be provided for up to three months at a time. Households must reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three‐month period if needed so long as the overall time limit for assistance is not exceeded.
  • Applicants will be required to provide documentation to support their eligibility for assistance.


Payment Method

  • Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers who agree to participate in ERAP.


No Duplication of Benefits

  • Assistance provided for an eligible household may not duplicate any other assistance, including federal, state, and local assistance provided for the same costs.
  • An eligible household that occupies a federally‐subsidized residential or mixed‐use property may receive assistance, provided that funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance.
  • If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) and the tenant rent is adjusted according to changes in income, the renter household may receive ERA assistance for the tenant-owed portion of rent or utilities that is not subsidized.


Application

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