Pennsylvania Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Philadelphia County will not start taking applications until later in March.

Federal Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021. You can read more about the temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 here.

The City of Philadelphia is helping renters stay in their homes. One way is by offering emergency rental assistance to help tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. Rental assistance helps landlords too. To date there have been three rounds of rental assistance for Philadelphia tenants:

  • Phase 1 accepted applications in mid-May
  • Phase 2 accepted applications between July and November 4th.
  • Phase 3 Tenants eligible for Phase 3 received an email notification. The deadline for submitting Phase 3 information is February 12, 2021.
  • Phase 4 opening up in March. We are working to get applications open as soon as possible. When we have a definite launch date we will post it on this website. Click on Phase 4 for more program information.

You can sign up to receive email notifications here: https://phdcphila.org/stay-informed/

Coronavirus Relief Update

Congress recently approved a new Coronavirus Relief Bill that provides additional federal funds for rental assistance. We are planning to open up the City of Philadelphia’s Phase 4 rental assistance program in March. Please check back here for additional updates.

Need Assistance?

Ask for assistance through our online Help Desk here. Help Desk responds to  emails every day from 9am-6pm EST, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. If questions are submitted outside of those hours we will respond as soon as the Help Desk reopens. Due to the volume of help requests, it may take between 24-36 hours before a Help Desk staff member is able to respond.
Call our hotline at 215-320-7880. Our phone operators are available:
Monday–Thursday: 9am to 4:30pm
Friday: 9am to 1:00pm
After hours you may leave a voicemail and we will call you back.

Check Your Application Status

The Phase 2 Rental Assistance program is now closed. Tenants and landlords can check the status of their application here.

Other Assistance

If you have questions about these rental assistance programs, click here for help.

Tenants may seek additional assistance by visiting the PhillyTenant website or calling the Philly Tenant Hotline at 267-443-2500.