How It Works

The following information explains who is eligible for emergency rental assistance and how the rental relief works. Please read through all the information carefully before you apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility

An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in Washington County in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
1. Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
AND
2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
AND
3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area

1st Priority will be 30% Area Median Income (AMI)

PERSONS IN FAMILY 30% AMI 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $15,500 $25,800 $41,250
2 $17,700 $29,450 $47,150
3 $21,720 $33,150 $53,050
4 $26,200 $36,800 $58,900
5 $30,680 $39,750 $63,650
6 $35,160 $42,700 $68,350
7 $39,640 $45,650 $73,050
8 $44,120 $48,600 $77,750

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 or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area

1st Priority will be 30% Area Median Income (AMI)

Area Median Income

Even though highest priority will be for families that are Extremely Low Income, everyone that is eligible is encouraged to complete the application which will give the data needed to advocate for more money in Washington County.

Priority of applications

  • Within 30% AMI, priority will be:
    • Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at
    • Households with children
    • Elderly households
    • Domestic Violence survivors

Assistance provided

  • Can assist with monthly rental assistance 
  • Due to limited funds:
    • NO utility assistance
    • NO late fees to landlords

Homeless status

 

  • If you were homeless before COVID, please contact NWA Continuum of Care, Ryan Pearson ([email protected]) to ensure you are on the By Name List of people experiencing homelessness.

Other limits

  • Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
    • To prevent duplication and to help those most vulnerable, people currently assisted by HUD (Public Housing, Vouchers, Project-Based Rental Assistance, etc.) will not be prioritized.
    • Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application.

The Process

Emergency Rent Relief Funds

  • $1.5 Million
  • (less admin fees)
  • Online applications – primary method
  • Paper applications also available
  • FHA will do data entry or partners can also enter them
  • FHA will accept paper applications via email, if client is unable to do email, we will also accept text copies.

Process

  • Open Applications on Monday, February 8 at 9 AM
  • The first “batch” of applications due February 23 at NOON (Extended). If more applications are received than available, applications will be scored based on priority and served in order. If there is a tie score, applications will be chosen via lottery.
  • First come, first serve is not fair.
  • We may apply for more funds if applicable.

Other information

  • Landlords, social workers and community-based organizations can help clients enter applications for processing
  • Want to make sure we get applications and information to school based resources