Tenants may be eligible for rental assistance under the program if the following requirements are met:
Tenant 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
Tenant 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 late fees, penalties, interest and not charge for court costs incurred during the period for which rent arrears assistance is received, or prior to April 2020
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 other than non-payment of rent
How to Apply
The State of Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program has emergency funds available to help tenants and landlords experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State of Louisiana is administering the program in 57 parishes.
Both tenants 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.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is in the process of establishing local document drop off locations across the state where applicants can have documents scanned and sent to program staff. More information on locations will be provided soon.
What do I need to do before clicking Apply Now?
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.