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Assistance is available to renters for rent, utilities, home energy, and internet expenses. Utilities include gas, electric, water, sewer, and trash. Home energy expenses include fuel oil propane, firewood, or coal.
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Partner Agencies will begin accepting applications March 17th, 2021.
Interested households should go to SJCIndiana.com/ERA to locate partner agencies accepting applications for rental and utilities assistance.
Twelve months of assistance is available to each qualifying household. This includes past due rent, utilities, home energy, internet expenses, and forward-facing rent.
Yes. A renter household may have received LIHEAP during the 2020-2021 program year and still be eligible to receive assistance through the ERA program in 2021.
Yes. If a qualifying household received assistance from either RAF or ESG the household may be eligible to receive ERA assistance. The assistance provided ERA cannot duplicate the months of assistance provided by the prior program. If a household received rental assistance in November, December, January, and February they may receive ERA assistance beginning in March.
Yes. A household may receive ERA assistance for the tenant’s portion of rent, however, ERA may not duplicate the rental assistance/subsidy that the household receives. The household may also be eligible for utility/home energy and internet assistance.
The amount of rental assistance is based on the size of the apartment. Below are the maximum rental benefit amounts:
At this juncture, the application process will not proceed.
Tenants will not be taxed for ERA assistance payments.
Income Regulation for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
St. Joseph County, Indiana