Phase 4 is coming soon. In the meantime the following information will provide guidelines to landlords, property managers and tenants as to the process for this phase of rental assistance.
How much money is available?
This new round of funding was authorized by the federal government, and Philadelphia will have about $97 million. We estimate that this will be able to help 10,000-15,000 renters.
Can tenants and landlords who received support from Phases 1, 2 and 3 apply again?
Yes, you can apply again. You just cannot receive assistance for a month where you already got assistance from Phases 1, 2 and 3 of PHLRentAssist.
When will applications be open?
We are working to get applications open as soon as we can in March. When we have a definite launch date we will post it on this website.
What is required of landlords?
- Payment must be applied towards the approved tenant’s rent for months between April 2020 and December 2021.
- Landlord may not begin any eviction proceedings for 90 days from the last month in which the landlord received assistance from this program.
- Other requirements may apply. Check back for more information.
Do funds go to tenants or landlords?
Payments for rent will go to landlords, but if a landlord refuses the funds or does not respond, then payments can go directly to tenants. Payments for utilities will go directly to the utility companies.
Who Can Apply?
Landlords and tenants can apply. If a landlord applies, their tenant must be eligible, and they must get written consent from their tenant.
Tenants are eligible if they meet all three of these criteria:
- Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) (see Income Guidelines table below.)
- Qualify for unemployment benefits; or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced some other financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Tenants can meet this criteria if they have any past-due rent, past due utilities, received an eviction notice, or paying over one third of their household income on rent.
What documents will I need to apply?
Landlords will need documents that show they own the property if their name is different from what is on the deed.
Property managers will need a document showing that they have authority to make decisions and accept payment for the property owner.
Tenants may need documents to demonstrate their income. We are waiting for further federal guidance on document requirements for tenants.
Is there any preference for certain tenants?
Yes, the federal legislation says that tenants who have a household income under 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) (see Income Guidelines table below),or who were unemployed for more than 90 days should receive preference.
How much assistance can I get from Phase 4?
Assistance is available for both rent and utilities. Rent assistance can be provided for up to 12 months of rent arrears, and up to 3 months of forward rent; however, combined, arrears and forward rent cannot exceed 12 months. Utility payments can only be for utility arrears. The total amount of rent assistance cannot exceed $1,500 per month. We are still determining the maximum amount of utility assistance.
How will I be able to apply?
We will accept online applications on this website (PHLRentAssist.org). You will also be able to also work with one of our housing counselors to fill out an application by phone.
How will payments be received?
All payments will be by electronic ACH payment. If you do not have a bank account, we can make payments to some payment apps or to prepaid debit cards that support ACH.