Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Dear Friends,

Here is some information that may be extremely important to you or to friend or associates.  This is a grim time for many who are housing-vulnerable.  And the message below from the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation could bring some needed assistance.  Please note there is a deadline on applications!

Good Afternoon Community Partners,

Thank you for being a trusted community partner of the City of Philadelphia.

Do you (or your organization) serve, work with, or know anyone who has lost income due to COVID-19 and is unable to pay their rent?  Do you know any landlords whose tenants are in this situation?

Today the City of Philadelphia announced its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent.  Please note that funding is limited.  Not everyone who applies can be served. 

The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Rental Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.  The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Applications are available through PHLRentAssist.org.  Residents without internet access or a smart phone can get a program and application information by calling  3 – 1 – 1.

To be eligible, renters must:

  • Rent an apartment or house in Philadelphia
  • Have a valid and current written lease signed by landlord
  • Have lost income because of COVID-19
  • Meet income guidelines

Renters are NOT eligible if they live in public housing or receive other government rental assistance (Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers, etc.)

Help us publicize this important program!

  • Share PHLRentAssist.org with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, contacts, and anyone else you can think of
  • Download our fliers and distribute them far and wide
  • Have a suggestion about who we could reach out to? Send it to us at [email protected], or just share our website, press release, and/or blog

On behalf of our Philadelphia neighbors in need — thank you!



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