COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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 Rental Assistance 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 Residents without internet access or a smart phone can get 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 do not have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible. 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 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, or just share our websitepress release, and/or blog.

Should you need any help, the Southwest CDC  Housing Counselors are available to help by phone by calling 215-729-0180 or 215-729-4546. 

This article was provided by the Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development

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