Who Can Apply?
Renters may be eligible for rental assistance under the program if the following requirements are met:
Renter resides in a rental unit within a parish covered by the program
At least one individual in the household qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19
Renter has received a past due rent notice, past due utility notice, or an eviction notice or is experiencing housing instability
Household income does not exceed 80% of area median income limit (AMI) for the parish, as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Landlords may also apply on behalf of their tenants and will be required to accept the following conditions to receive payment under the program:
Forgive all penalties, interest and court costs related to rent incurred between April 2020 and date of remittance of program rental assistance. The program will cover late fees up to $100 per month, as prescribed within current lease terms. Participating landlords will be required to forgive any late fees that exceed the $100 per month allowance
Not evict a tenant for past due rent prior to April 2020
Not evict a tenant for at least 60 days after assistance ends unless eviction is for cause. Under the ERAP Program, “for cause” shall not include the following eviction filings: “owner wants possession,” “non-renewal of lease” or “non-payment of rent.” This clause does not preclude the landlord from seeking eviction for lease violations and/or for tenants who violate the health, safety and/or peaceable enjoyment of the property
How to Apply
The State of Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program has emergency funds available to help renters and landlords experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State of Louisiana is administering the program in 57 parishes.
Both renters and landlords can use this website to create a profile to access the application via the Applicant Portal. If you require assistance completing your application, please call 877.459.6555.
Refer to the Contact Us page for information on community partners and resources available in your area to file your application. For questions on the program or available support, call the Contact Center at 877.459.6555.
What do I need to do before clicking Apply Now?
Renters should notify their landlords of their intent to apply for program funding. Landlords will need to complete a portion of the application to initiate the processing of your application. Information-sharing between renter and landlord is critical to linking your applications in the system.
Remember that you can monitor the status of your application within the Applicant Portal at any point following its submission.
Help us to share the news and updates regarding this program with others in your community. The state’s rental assistance program seeks to serve a maximum number of households as quickly as possible, while prioritizing those most in need and ensuring equitable geographic distribution of funding assistance.
The following seven parishes and local governments have elected to administer their own programs. If you live in one of these parishes, you are not eligible to apply to the state program. Local programs may vary in terms of eligibility, prioritization, benefits, and application process, and applicants are encouraged to reach out to those programs directly.
Click on the available links below to learn more about these programs.
Additional information will be included as it becomes available.