Up to 12 months of rental arrearages and/or rental assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the extra months are determined to be needed to ensure housing stability and funds are available.
Once a household’s rental arrears are reduced, assistance is only provided for up to three months at a time.
Recertification of household’s income eligibility is necessary after three months.
Only arrears starting March 13, 2020 are eligible.
Utility and housing energy payments and arrearages including electricity and gas.
Telecommunication services (telephone, cable, Internet) are not considered to be utilities.
Utilities covered by the landlord within rent will be treated as rent.
Provision of, or referral, for housing stability services.
Who qualifies for the WERA program?
At least one or more individuals in the household meets the following criteria:
Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the period of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;