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Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

KEEPING FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES

Even as the American economy continues its recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic, millions of Americans face deep rental debt and fear evictions and the loss of basic housing security. COVID-19 has exacerbated an affordable housing crisis that predated the pandemic and that has deep disparities that threaten the strength of an economic recovery that must work for everyone. To meet this need, the Emergency Rental Assistance program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. 

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ERAP Requirements

Understanding the basic eligibility requirements and documents needed in preparation for the application workflows, will ensure tenants and landlords are prepared before even beginning the application process. To be eligible, a household must:

  • Be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and:

  • Be a resident of Canyon County, Idaho; and

  • Have a household income that does NOT exceed 80% Area Median Income; and

  • One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits; OR experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to theCOVID-19 outbreak; and

  • One or more individuals within the household is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Household Income Qualifications

To be eligible for assistance, household annual gross income (before taxes and deductions) must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income. Use the table below for reference.

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  • Income Documentation (provide all applicable documentation):​​​

    • Child Support: Print out of payments received in last two months, verification from absent parent, or bank statements for the last two months

    • Other Income: Documentation from the source stating the monthly amount received. For example, VA pension, annuities, disability income, workmen’s compensation, alimony, etc.)

  • Social Security Benefits: 2021 tax information or copy of a current award letter

  • Self-Employment: 2021 tax returns, 1099’s, profit and loss report from applicant’s accountant, or bank statements for the last two months

  • Unemployment: Copy of benefit notice and print out of payments received for the last two months

     

  • Employment Income: 2021 tax returns, W2’s; OR last two months of pay stubs

Please note you may be asked to submit additional documentation.

Documentation Checklist

  • Program Application with all questions complete;

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  • Authorization for the Release of Information

  • Rent and Utility Assistance: Utilities include separately-stated electricity, gas, water and sewer, trash, internet, and energy costs, such as fuel oil. Telecommunication services (telephone, cable) are not considered utilities.

    • Current Lease agreement (all pages)

    • Copy of an eviction notice or past due notice

    • Landlord contact information

    • Most recent utility bill (if requesting assistance with utilities)

Call us at 888-621-1052 or e-mail us at erap@wicap.org for more information.