Georgia Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Georgia ERAP Treasury Programs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will begin administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) in early March 2021. GRA can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. Payment will be made directly to landlords and utility providers.
The purpose of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Rent Relief Program (DHHLRRP) is to provide financial assistance to native Hawaiians on the DHHL Waiting List who experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are renters in the state of Hawai’i. This program is being supported in whole, by federal award number 23.021 awarded to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
On February 9, 2021, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced receipt of a $21 million grant from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program. CEO Thurmond convened a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition comprised of public and nonprofit partners. The coalition will provide financial relief to DeKalb renters threatened by eviction and landlords facing revenue losses—both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Georgia CARES+ Programs:
To help combat the expected wave of displacement, city officials are allocating $22 million to “expenditures related to consumer grant program to prevent eviction and assist in preventing homelessness.”
An Atlanta not-for-profit, Star-C, has established an Eviction Relief Fund. It is a rent matching scholarship that helps qualified residents timely pay their rent and continue to raise their children in their same school. The program is administered through landlords that operate apartments at rents below 80% AMI in low-performing school districts. Participating landlords are willing to forgive a portion (10%) of the outstanding rent balance, waive late fees, and an agreement not to evict in exchange for Star-C paying a portion of delinquent rent.
Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program
This is the second phase of the city of Atlanta’s rental assistance program, administered by the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
United Way of Southeast Georgia and The City of Stateboro have joined together to establish a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide assistance to families and individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences. This fund will be used to help families retain stable housing by assisting with rent and utility payments when grace periods are not offered and to provide financial assistance for additional critical needs.
In an effort to aid renters adversely affected by COVID-19, qualified renters who currently reside in single family homes, condos, attached homes, and apartments in Cobb County can now apply for up $4,800 to help pay their rent. The funding comes from the $132 million allocated to the county in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be administered by HomeFree-USA, a certified HUD approved non-profit in housing.
The City of Savannah CARES Act Fund at United Way is here to assist residents of the City of Savannah in maintaining stable, safe housing regardless of household income. The fund helps you pay past due mortgage, rent, or utility balances from March through August 2020 from the loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rental and mortgage fund will be administered by United Way of Southeast Georgia The maximum amount of assistance per family for assistance is $3,000.00. The fund will provide assistance to citizens of Statesboro who are struggling with paying rent or have fallen behind on their mortgage payments due to COVID-19.